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Candle lighting for bereaved parents, families Dec. 8

11/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

The Christmas Box Angel of Hope Children’s Memorial, shown at right, is located at Silver Springs Cemetery in Stow.
Photo courtesy of Sarah Ruble
STOW — On Dec. 8 at 5 p.m., The Christmas Box Angel of Hope Children’s Memorial at Silver Springs Cemetery will be the site of a gathering to honor the memory of beloved children.

Families and friends will participate in this candle-lighting ceremony of remembrance and hope to help ease the challenges of the upcoming holidays, according to organizers.

The Christmas Box Angel of Hope statue was introduced in the book “The Christmas Box,” written by Richard Paul Evans. There are more than 100 Christmas Box Angel statues across the country, according to organizers.

The Stow candle lighting is always held in conjunction with the Worldwide Candle Lighting, an event originated by the Compassionate Friends, a national organization that helps bereaved parents.

The Worldwide Candle Lighting began 17 years ago as a way to remember deceased children. This event is held every year on the second Sunday in December. Candles will be lit for one hour in all time zones, starting in New Zealand at 7 p.m., for a 24-hour wave of light. Thousands of parents are expected to participate.

Those who have lost a child are invited to attend the remembrance at the Angel of Hope Children’s Memorial. Silver Springs Cemetery is located at 5080 Stow Road. Candles will be provided. Participants are asked to dress warmly and are welcome to bring flowers in memory of their child or children.

A brass-plated Angel of Hope ornament is available through www.christmasboxangelofhopestowohio.com for $15. All proceeds from this ornament fund the Angel of Hope Children’s Memorial, according to organizers.

Memorial bricks continue to be sold throughout the year at a cost of $100, with placement at the memorial in the spring and fall. Order forms are available through the website, at the memorial or by calling call Sara Ruble at 330-689-1089.

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