Sparks Shines Light on Lost Lives

(December 8, 2011) - Sparks Health System is helping families pay tribute to lost loved ones in a special way.

Sparks is again partnering with Bereaved Parents of the USA to host the annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.

The event invites family and friends around the world to light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. People in every time zone light candles at 7 p.m. As candles burn down in one time zone, they will be lit in the next, creating a virtual wave of light that will circle the globe.

This is the 15th year for the event. It is held in conjunction with National Children’s Memorial Day to bring together parents, relatives and friends of children who have died for memorial devotionals, prayers, music and readings, in addition to the lighting of candles.

Sparks Health System feels strongly about offering a site for community participation in this worldwide event. An inter-faith memorial candle lighting ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Shuffield Education Center on the first floor of Sparks Regional Medical Center. Members of the media are invited to attend.

Bereaved Parents of the USA is a national organization designed to aid and support bereaved parents and their families who are struggling with grief after the death of a child. For more information about the group, you can contact the Western Arkansas chapter at (479) 420-9634.