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Cape Gazette CAPE LIFE FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2012 Sl The 13th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting of the Light- house Chapter of The Compas- sionate Friends will be held start- ing at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, at Epworth United Methodist Church on Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. The Worldwide Candle Light- ing begins when the first candles are lit in New Zealand and then moves westward through vari- ous time zones as tens of thou- sands of bereaved parents, sib- lings, grandparents, relatives and friends around the globe join to- gether to light remembrance candles to honor the memories of children who have died but will never be forgotten. Guest speaker Gall Sezna, au- thor of the award-winning book "My Boys: A Mother's Story Af- ter Multiple Losses," will speak on "Writing Through Grief," re- lating to her dealing with the tragic deaths of two of her three sons within the span of two years and the subsequent divorce from her husband. She will share with bereaved families how she man- aged to pick up the pieces and provide insight on how she moved forward from over- whelming grief toward hope and healing. The evening's ceremony tran- scending all ethnic, cultural, reli- gious and political boundaries includes music, inspirational readings and a visual presenta- tion memorializing children who have died at any age. Lighted candles will be raised and a bell will toll as the name of each de- ceased child is read. Tree and Photo Pr mtation The Lighthouse Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will set up a Memorial Tree at the Worldwide Candle Lighting at Epworth United Methodist Church on Holland Glade Road off Route 1 Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. A team of volunteers will cre- ate ornaments with your child's picture to decorate this tree. Al- so, the chapter will produce a PowerPoint memorial presenta- tion that will be shown during the candle lighting. If you would like to have your child memorialized on an orna- ment and be included in the vi- sual presentation, email a photo of your child (jpg format) with his or her name to samlshy2@comcast.net. You may also mail a photo- graph to the address below and it will be returned providing you include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Send photo and any voluntary donation (make check payable to TCF Lighthouse Chapter) to TCF Memorial Tree c/o Kathy Keuski, 41 Fox Creek Drive, Re- hoboth Beach, DE 19971. "This service is a way of unit- ing together to remember our children who have died too author to soon," says Lighthouse Chapter The event is held annually the leader Joan Wallen. "The World- second Sunday in December. wide Candle Lighting is one way TCF has more than 650 chapters that we try to bring light out of in the United States, with sister darkness during the holiday sea- organizations in at least 30 coun- son, which is an extremely diffi- tries. cult time of the year for bereaved The Worldwide Candle Light- parents and families. Like a ring, ing is open to all who wish to this circle of light surrounding participate, whether by sponsor- the globe represents that there is ing or attending a service open to no beginning and no end for the the public, joining in a small love we carry for our children." gathering, or lighting a candle in This is the 16th Worldwide the quiet solitude of their homes Candle Lighting sponsored by or wherever they may be. In 2011, TCE the nation's largest self-help more than 500 services were bereavement organization for held in the United States includ- families who have suffered the ing every state, as well as Wash- tragic loss of a child at any age. ington, D.C. and Puegto Rico. at candle I During the day of the World- to receive memorial messages of wide Candle Lighting, a Remem- love which are posted from brance Book will be open to the public on TCF's national website Continued on page 52 Owned and Operated by Tim & Mary Walker since 1963 CARPET, UPHOLSTERY & AREA-RUG CLEANING FINE-FABRIC DRY CLEANING Professional Care for a Healthier Home Responsibility. As the region's leading medical provider, we feel a responsibility for the health, safety, and well-being of all the communities, fiamilies, and individuals we serve; and we seek to provide for them in the best way possible. Each year, over 50,000 patients visit our emergency ,oom; we perform nearly 12,000 inpatient and outpatient surgeries, and we admit over %000 people. But we always remember that these patients are individuals, qhey are our brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers; they are our neighbors, and deserve our utmost respect and finest care. As Sussex County's largest employer, we hold ourselves to extraordinarily high standards. We are a dedicated team that cares about this commtmity and the people wcserve, and that provides excellent, compassionate care. Bcebe is where we choose to get our own medical care. Beebe Medical Center is proud to be part of this community, and to help it grow and flourish through programs like Healthier Sussex ('ounty, and through our charity programs where just last vear we provided $16 million in flee care to those in need, '~" We recognize that this community depends upon and trusts us to not only provide excellent care and service, but also to plan for the future. We understand and embrace this responsibility and agree it is something that this community has always and should always expect and deserve. Beebe Medical Center welcomes your questions or comments, To send us a message and learn more about Beebe's commitme~ the health of the region, visit www.beebemed.org/commitm! ! Beebe Medical Center