September 16, 2021


Candle Lighting Service
The Compassionate Friends holds an annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Service the second Sunday in December. This event is held around the globe at 7:00 pm in each time zone so that a continuous light shines in memory of all deceased children. Through local TCF Chapters, parents and families gather to honor their child through readings, music and candle lighting. The Arlington Chapter holds their Candle Lighting Service at the Trinity Presbyterian Church. This year our Candle Lighting Service will be on our meeting night, Thursday, December 10, 2020, via Zoom at 7:00 PM. All bereaved families are welcomed. We ask families to log on at  6:45 PM. Music and readings precede the candle lighting. Please RSVP if you are attending. 

The Worldwide Candle Lighting started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance. Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the Worldwide Candle Lighting, is a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends.

Every year you are invited to post a message in the Remembrance Book which will be available, during the event, at the TCF’s national website.

So that their lights may always shine!

National Conference
The 2021 National Conference is July 16-18th. It will be virtual. Last years virtual conference was very successful. Approximately 1100 bereaved family members attended. More infornation will follow. The Compassionate Friends National Conference is held annually in July and rotates to different states throughout the US. An average of 1200 to 1400 parents attend the National Conference each year. Over one hundred workshops on a variety of topics dealing with grief and healing are available. Sharing sessions and bonding with new friends is an important part of the conference. Keynote speakers of national prominence also share their own stories and deliver messages of hope.  


We came honoring love and remembrance in our child’s name.

Walk to Remember
The Compassionate Friends holds an annual Walk to Remember at the TCF National Conference. It was created as a symbolic way to show the love we carry for the children we mourn. Approximately 1,400 people participate in this walk in honor of their child, sibling or grandchild. Special Walk to Remember t-shirts are given to all who register, as well as bibs where the names of the children being remembered can be written. They also carry the names of those children whose parents can’t attend the conference but would like their child remembered. Local TCF Chapters sponsor and hold local Walks to Remember, usually on the same day as the National Conference Walk.

I walk for both of us.

Spring Family Picnic
The Arlington Chapter of TCF holds an annual Family Picnic. Hoping to schedule the end of the summer. We provide hot dogs and hamburgers (veggie and turkey burgers) and condiments and beverages. Attendees bring apps, sides, or dessert. There is a beautiful lake, with a lifeguard, for swimming. Wonderful for our young ones. .


We are not alone...