Cove Blog


Wordwide Candlelighting for Children Who Have Died 12/9/2012

Held annually the second Sunday in December, The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting® unites family and friends around the globe as they light candles for one hour to honor and remember children who have died at any age from any cause. As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, creating a virtual wave of light, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of children who have died in a way that transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries. Last year more than 500 Worldwide Candle Lighting services covering all 50 states plus Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico were listed on The Compassionate Friends national website. In addition, information on services were submitted from 24 countries outside the United States. December 14 there will also be a Remembrance Book on The Compassionate Friends national website where you can post a message to honor the memory of a child, sister or brother, or grandchild. If you are unable to attend a service, we encourage you to light a candle for one hour at 7 p.m. no matter where you may be. For more information, visit We do this . . . that their light may always shine®. (Song is Precious Child by Karen Taylor-Good, written for The Compassionate Friends and available on CD at

Visit the website for information on ceremonies in Middletown, Northford, Old Saybrook and Waterbury.


The 15th Annual Run for The Cove is scheduled for Sunday, October 14, 2012 at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, CT. 

This family-friendly event includes a Certified 5K Run, 2 Mile Walk and Kid's Fun Run. 

Walk, Run and Join in the Fun!


Sesame Street: When Families Deal With Grief

Here are some snippets from a video we distribute to families with younger kids who are dealing with childhood bereavement issues. It is a great resource and educational tool on grief provided for free by Sesame Street Workshop.  Visit to download other free materials related to "When Families Grieve."





Never The Same: Coming To Terms with the Death of a Parent 

Dr. Donna Schuurman from The Dougey Center joins The Balancing Act to talk about her book "Never the Same" and how we can better help young people deal with the loss of a parent or loved one.


Dr Diana Sands-Helping Children Cope with Loss by Suicide

Dr Diana Sands, Director of the Bereaved by Suicide Centre for Intense Grief in Sydney Australia talks about activities to help children cope with the death of a loved one by suicide.
Association of Death Education and Counseling