The holiday season can be a sad and difficult time for families in grief. For those who have suffered the death of a child, even many years ago, it is especially difficult.
That’s where The Compassionate Friends of Windom organization hopes to help ease that difficult time.
The local group will host a special candle lighting, Sunday, beginning at 6:45 p.m., at the Cottonwood County Historical Society, 812 4th Ave., in Windom.
The candle lighting is especially for families in Southwest Minnesota to honor the memories of their daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, or grandchildren, who have died at any age, at any time, from any cause.
“It is a special opportunity during the holiday season to honor the memory of the child who has died and the love we shared with them in the support and company of others who truly understand,” explains Carol Hartman, a member of the Windom chapter.
The event will be held in a peaceful setting amid the CCHS’s Festival of Trees in the Remick Gallery.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Supplies will be provided for family members to make a personalized ornament in memory of their child to add to the children’s tree. Or, they may bring an ornament of their choosing for the tree.
The program begins at 6:45 p.m., with the candle lighting ceremony set for 7 p.m. Each person attending will be invited to light a candle in memory of their special child.
Refreshments will be served afterward with time for families to share their child’s story.
For more on the worldwide candle lighting, see the story on the Faith & Family page in the Dec. 8 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen on newsstands tomorrow.