Warren resolution marks Worldwide Candle Lighting Day in memory of children

HARRISBURG, Dec. 5 – The House of Representatives on Tuesday adopted a resolution, introduced by state Rep. Perry Warren, recognizing Dec. 10 as Worldwide Candle Lighting Day in Pennsylvania.

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day is for families to honor the memories of deceased sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and grandchildren by lighting candles and keeping them lit for one hour. The annual event was started in 1997 by The Compassionate Friends, a peer support group that has grown to nearly 700 chapters nationwide.

The resolution also commemorates the work of the group, which publishes materials on grieving the loss of a child and engages with families through meetings, social media and an online community.

“The Compassionate Friends organization provides much-needed support to those families, including my own family, who have experienced the devastating loss of a child,” said Warren, D-Bucks. “This annual remembrance is a way for families who have lost a child to show that those children will always be loved and never forgotten. I commend The Compassionate Friends for their work and thank my colleagues for supporting this resolution.”

House Resolution 613 was adopted unanimously.