Desha County Compassionate Friends will host a Worldwide Candle Lighting Remembrance service honoring the memories of children who died.

Desha County friends will join the National Compassionate Friends in the 22nd annual service from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Dumas Community Center at Dumas, according to a news release.

A program of readings, poems, candlelight ceremony and music will be presented.

“At 7 p.m. candles will be lighted in memory of all our children gone too soon…that their light will always shine,” according to the release.

A reception will follow the ceremony. Supportive friends are also invited to attend. Admission is free.

“The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting on the second Sunday in December unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren (all children) who have died, but will never be forgotten. The annual Worldwide Candle Lighting, a gift to the bereavement community from the Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone,” according to the release.

Those who want their child’s name placed on the memorial roll, picture displayed on the Memory Board or Memory Tree, may email the child’s name, birth date, death date, parents’ names and picture by Dec. 6 to or mail to Desha County Compassionate Friends, P.O. Box 482, Dumas, AR 71639.

For details about the event or to RSVP, call 870-866-6985, 870-377-4299, 870-382-4863 or 870-489-5905 by Dec. 6 with the name of the child/children for whom you will be lighting a candle and how many will be attending the event.

Desha County Compassionate Friends is part of a national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. There is no membership fee however, anyone who wants to make a donation in memory of a child may make checks payable to Desha County Compassionate Friends and mailed to Desha County Compassionate Friends, P.O. Box 482, Dumas, AR, 71639.

Hattie Watts is the Desha County Compassionate Friends leader.