Wet weather cannot put a dampener on Candlelight Vigil

December 22, 2012 by  

A yearly event, hosted by Compassionate Friends’ local Western Wayne County chapter, strives to ease the pain felt by parents and grandparents who have lost a child, especially since the holiday season can often be one of the hardest times for them.

On Sunday, December 9, the 16th annual Candlelight Vigil drew a crowd to Plymouth’s own Kellogg Park. Despite the cold and damp weather, families turned out to hear their children’s names read by members of Compassionate Friends. A sea of handheld candles greeted those on stage as they paid tribute to each deceased child by reading their name aloud. The ceremony last an hour, followed by families greeting and consoling one another along the Kellogg Park Walk of Trees, which was lined with illuminated, decorated evergreen trees.

Compassionate Friends does not just help grieving parents during the holiday season but is active all year round. Members such as Gail Lafferty from Livonia, say that the comfort and healing effects of the group, after the death of her 18-year-old son, have led her to want to comfort others. The most effective part of being associated with a Compassionate Friends group is expressed in the words of Lafferty, who says:

“You are with others who experienced the same emotions and feelings of losing your child.”

Brochure printers produce material that explains the various stages of grief and give tips for continuing on with life, and the event shows that families in this position tend to find it useful to communicate with each other. For more information, visit the Compassionate Friends website or call 734-778-0800.