News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 19, 2013

READERS' FORUM: Nov. 19, 2013


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Candle lighting honors children

The death of a child is devastating, and it’s important to the family that the child always be remembered.

That’s why members of the Clark County, Ill., Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will participate in an annual worldwide event on Dec. 9 that is designed to honor the memories of all children, regardless of age, who have died. The chapter will join hundreds of organized memorial services around the world for The Compassionate Friends 16th annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, an event now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting in the world.

The local candle lighting will be part of a special service held at 7 p.m. (Central time) at Armstrong United Methodist Church and will feature music, poems and a remembrance table. Those who have lost children are asked to bring a picture for the table.

Annually, tens of thousands of families, united in loss, light candles for one hour during the Worldwide Candle Lighting, held the second Sunday in December. Candles are first lit at 7 p.m., local time, just west of the International Date Line. As candles burn down in one time zone, they are lighted in the next, creating a 24-hour wave of light as the observance continues around the world.

This is our gift to the bereavement community of Clark and Edgar County. The holiday season is an extremely difficult time of the year for families grieving the death of a child. This event unites bereaved families around the globe as a symbolic way of showing the love we continue to carry for our children, even though they can no longer be with us physically.

We invite everyone, whether or not they have suffered the personal loss of a child, to join in this moving tribute.

With the theme “… that their light may always shine,” the Worldwide Candle Lighting has grown larger every year with formal services last year in all 50 United States and Washington, D.C., as well as at least 19 countries around the world. TCF’s national website,, is expected to receive and post information on more than the 550 services submitted to and listed on its website last year. The website will also feature a Remembrance Book on Dec. 9, which, in a 24-hour-period, will receive thousands of tributes from family members and other caring individuals.

To contact the Clark County Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, call me at 812-251-7816. For more information about the national organization and locations of its chapters nationwide, call toll-free 877-969-0010 or visit TCF’s national website.

— Sarah LeMay-Howard

Clark County Chapter of

The Compassionate Friends

Join the fun of Girl Scouts

At Girl Scouts, girls are always counting down to the next adventure we’ll go on together. Maybe it’s artistic. Maybe it’s an experiment. Maybe it’s getting outside or helping the community. With us, they’ll make a bunch of new friends and have a ton of new experiences that show them how exciting the world is, and how awesome they are over and over again.

Girl Scouts offers these opportunities through the Girl Scout Leadership Experience for girls K-12. Our organization provides caring adult mentors; practical life skills and tools to build courage, confidence and character, all of which help girls grow into confident, healthy decision-making adults.

Girl Scouts participate in many ways, belonging to a troop, attending camp or participating in a council-led series of activities. Girls have the opportunity to explore many areas of focus including leadership, healthy living, science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), the arts and travel.

Girl Scouts offers many activities such as “Are you a Scribe?”, where girls learn writing skills, including how to think creatively and express their personalities. International Girls Day is an opportunity for girls to explore a college campus with the women of Kappa Delta sorority, and learn why it is important to have confidence and what it means to local female leaders. Another opportunity for fun will be to check out the performance of American Big Band-Home for the Holidays.

For more information on these and other exciting activities, check out our website at girlscouts or call 855-GSCIN-4U.

— Stacey Rozmin


Development Manager

Girl Scouts of Central Indiana