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Old 12-11-2005, 02:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Worldwide Candle Lighting


for childen who left too soon is tonight at 7 PM. Sponsored by Compassionate Friends

www.compassionatefriends.org

The worldwide Candle Lighting is held every year on the second Sunday in December at 7 PM in every time zone, in remembrance of our children. As candles burn down in one time zone, they are lighted in the next, creating a 24-hour wave of light that encircles the globe.

"Candle Lighting"

It's time again to light the candles
And while we view the burning flames
We think of all our beloved children
And hear the reading of their names.

All who are here have suffered heartbreak
We each have felt the crushing pain
Our children dead, forever gone
We can't forget them, so we came.

To grasp a hand, to lend a shoulder
With helping friends we all will gain
Immense support and understanding
And hope ... that we can live again.

The candle lighting and remembrance
Affirms for us this truth so plain;
Our children do live on in our hearts
And their love will always remain.

~ by Karen Story, TCF, Montgomery, AL ~


As part of a group or in your own home, if you've lost a child, light a candle tonight.
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Old 12-11-2005, 03:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Thank you for posting this... I'm in...

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Old 12-11-2005, 04:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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My candle is for you deedee, and all the parents who have lost a child.
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Old 12-11-2005, 04:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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In loving memory of Jason ...



June 28, 1977 to February 2, 2005

Always on my mind, forever in my heart
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Old 12-11-2005, 04:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
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In memory of Jason, with prayers for Deedee and all who loved him.




There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens.
This is the light that shines in our hearts.

Chandogya Upanishad

My the light of Jason's love remain in your hearts until you meet again.

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Old 12-11-2005, 04:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Also, in memory of Mo's daughter, and all the other addicts who now rest with God. May they know they are remembered and loved by so many.

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Old 12-11-2005, 07:28 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Amen Ann

Mo has been very much in my thoughts lately.


For her dear Mariam


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I can't even begin to understand what parents may feel.
I know it must be more then my thoughts can think it may be like.

Prayers for all parents and family members who have lost loved ones because of the disease of drugs and alcohol.
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Old 12-11-2005, 07:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Candle Lighting Ceromny

My family attended this tonight and it was so comforting. There was about 50 people there, you could feel the love and comfort in the room. It really made us feel like we were doing something special just for Keith. It was also amazing to think this was being done all over the world. It sure makes you feel like you really are not alone.


In loving memory of our son Keith, for all those who love him and miss him. For all of those who have hurting hearts over the loss of a loved one. May peace and comfort be with you all.
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For Jason, Mariam and Keith, and every soul consumed by addiction, my heart and prayers for you and your loved ones...Peace is yours....

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Old 12-12-2005, 05:10 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Heart to heart hugs to all who lit a candle last night
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Old 12-12-2005, 05:36 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Candles still burning for our loved ones....


Lights of Love

Can you see our candles
Burning in the night?
Lights of love we send you
Rays of purest white

Children we remember
Though missing from our sight
In honor and remembrance
We light candles in the night

All across the big blue marble
Spinning out in space
Can you see the candles burning
From this human place?

Oh, angels gone before us
Who taught us perfect love
This night the world lights candles
That you may see them from above

Tonight the globe is lit by love
Of those who know great sorrow,
But as we remember our yesterdays
Let's light one candle for tomorrow

We will not forget,
And every year in deep December
On Earth we will light candles
As....
............we remember

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Old 12-13-2005, 06:18 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Absolutely beautiful (((Wolf)))
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Thank you for remembering

Hello Everyone-DeeDee and Ann

Thank you for remembering my Mariam. Her death anniversary is on 12/19. I miss her so much and there will always be this big hole in my heart.

I just keep plugging away at this life. I did change jobs so that I am not constantly working with addicts but now I don't have the daily contact with my dearest friends which is a bummer. I am still in school which is a distraction. .most of the time I just feel like I am going through the motions of living. There really is not much joy or hope except to know that one day we will all be together. My husband continues with his heart problems but is doing ok.. I am powerless.

We received the autopsy report etc which I scoured for clues about Mariam's death. Final analysis was septic shock. Please please friends if you ever have to have someone in the hospital make sure people are washing their hands and using antiseptic technique during procedures. ALthough I know Mariam's death was ultimately a result of her addiction we have a major problem in healthcare with staph resistant infections. .and because she was compromised she contracted MRSA.

Mariam's little girls are doing ok. We see them often. Their lives are not what I would have for them. Their Dad is loving but not the best provider. But we keep tabs on what is going on and help when we can.

And finally no one but a mother knows how painful the loss of a child is. My thoughts and prayers go to you DeeDee and BonnieJean. .and to you dear Ann who continue to wait. ANd thank you WOlfstar for your work on keeping this forum going.

Until next time. Love Mo
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:43 PM   #15 (permalink)
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(((Mo)))

I'm so glad you stopped in ... have been wondering how you are. I know the first anniversary of Mariam's death is coming quickly and that it will be an emotional time for you. Please know that you and your family are still in my heart and prayers.

"Most of the time I just feel like I am going through the motions of living". This is how I feel too. Pushing myself to get up in the morning, take a shower, get dressed, go to work. *sigh* But there are little bright spots in my life - my grandson, my younger son, my family and friends - and I hold onto them.

Take care dear Mo - we are always here if you need us

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Old 12-14-2005, 08:27 PM   #16 (permalink)
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(((Mo)))

I think of you so often, Mo, and really miss you. I will think of you again, and Mariam, as the anniversary of her death arrives and light another candle and say a prayer for both of you.

I feel very close to your children, Mo and Deedee, just as I know you feel close to my son. We all have walked this road together for so long and I think become family of a sort, and your children will always remain in my heart and my prayers. Their spirits live, even today, in the hearts of moms like me who they never met, yet touched deeply.

I love you both.

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Old 12-15-2005, 06:45 PM   #17 (permalink)
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(((Ann)))

We are family ... when one of us hurts, all of us hurt. Your son is also close to my heart and always in my prayers. I am willing him to pick up that phone and just call you ... what a gift that would be. Until then, may God keep him safe.

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