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2016 Candle Lighting Ceremony ~ CompassionateFriends.org

Cliff’s Story and Cliff’s Mom, Priscilla will be providing an online candle lighting ceremony on December 11th in conjunction with CompassionateFriends.org.  This will be our 6th year providing this, we love to share this with all of you, and we send you all of our love during this very difficult time of the year to you and your families.

Here is some information from CompassionateFriends.org in case you have never heard about this event.

“The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting 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 who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7:00 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the 20th 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. TCF’s WWCL started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance, but has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.

The Compassionate Friends and allied organizations are joined by local bereavement groups, churches, funeral homes, hospitals, hospices, children’s gardens, schools, cemeteries, and community centers. Services have ranged in size from just a few people to nearly a thousand.”

We know your pain of grieving the loss of your child, and hope this will help you, even if just for a few moments.  Light a candle in memory of your child, and don’t hesitate to comment on this blog post about your child, post a photo, and don’t forget to say a few word’s in the remembrance book.  I will post a link to the remembrance book once it is available which will be on December 11th.  So be sure to come back to this post and share.

Click here to leave a message regarding your child.  This is the Worldwide Remembrance Wall at CompassionateFriends.org ====>  ****UPDATED 12-11-2016 REMEMBRANCE WALL***

If you are reading this post and are fortunate enough to not have lost a child, please consider sharing this post on every social media site you are a part of.  There are many parents, siblings, cousins, aunts, uncle, grandparents who just might need something like this to help them through the holidays.

I will be going LIVE at approximately 6:45pm to share my story, and encourage you to comment on the LIVE event as well.  I know you never want your child to be forgotten, as I feel the very same thing.

LIVE link:====>   http://CliffsStory.info  This will be active at approximately 6:45 pm pst on December 11th.  At 7pm we will light our candles in memory of our children who were lost way too soon, and you will then be directed to an online program as we keep our candles lit for one hour.

In this program, we share photos of all of the children whose photos have been sent to us over the years, and this year we have asked that you record a live video of a poem reading and share about your child as well.

Please tag Cliff’s Mom, Priscilla at http://www.facebook.com/cillasfbpage so she can include your video clip in the presentation.  These will need to be submitted no later than Tuesday December 6th.  If you miss that day, please reach out and let’s see if we can still get it into the program

Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have, our contact information is below.

And remember, please SHARE this everywhere!

Cliff’s Mom, Priscilla

559-634-0078

CliffsStory.com@gmail.com

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4th Annual Candle Lighting Ceremony in Reedley ~ Remembering our Children

As we work hard towards getting through this holiday season, lets remember all of the children who were lost too soon ♥

We will be meeting at Changes Salon in Reedley; 1761 11th Street.  Registration begins at 6pm.  If you are out of the area or unable to grieve in public, I have recorded a ceremony just for you below.

May God Bless you this season♥

 

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Don’t forget to enter a message in the Remembrance Book Above

 

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4th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony in memory of our Children

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My husband Tony and I have hosted this event, this being our 4th year, and every year it actually blesses us as we are able to help others who have also lost a child.

We never know who will show up, but we know that whomever the Lord sends our way, we will embrace them and share our experience which in turn helps them at the same time.

Losing a child is hard enough, but during the holidays it is much harder to cope….this is our effort to not only keep our children’s memory alive, but also help those of us left behind to cope with this pain.

Here are the details for our event in Reedley on this Sunday December 14th♥

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Priscilla L. Brooks, Cliff’s Mom♥

For more details, you can email me at CliffsStory.com@gmail.com

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4th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony to be on 12-14-14

The date for our 4th year of supporting our community by participating in this worldwide event has been set.

Please save the date of December 14, 2014 to join us♥

CHANGES SALON
1761 11th Street
Reedley, CA 93654
6pm – Registration
6:30 – Ceremony Begins
7:00 – Candles are lit until 8pm

At this time I am asking all of you to please share this post, as I am in search of photos of children who have been lost to any type of death.

It blesses us every year to help families during a very heartbreaking time in their life.

We understand their pain, and somehow that seems to help, if just a little bit.

The holidays are the very hardest time, and we know this.

Please help us to spread the word so we can bless all of the lost children in this world and keep their memories alive!

May GOD bless you♥

Priscilla L. Brooks, Cliff’s Mom ♥

https://www.facebook.com/CliffsStory

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2013 Candle lighting Ceremony 12-8-2013

Please join us in celebrating, remembering, and honoring all of our children who have left us entirely too soon!

This is our 3rd year hosting this event in Reedley, CA. Please see the details below:

CHANGES SALON
1761 11th Street
Reedley, CA 93654
6pm – Registration
6:30 – Ceremony Begins
7:00 – Candles are lit until 8pm

We host this event locally here in Reedley, CA and also here online for those who are not ready to share in public.

This is a worldwide event started in 1997 by http://CompassionateFriends.org initially as a small internet observance. The word has spread, and we would like to continue to get the word out.

Below I have posted the online ceremony for your viewing…..

Please light a candle at 7pm and start the video. I hope this will help you in some way to make it through the holidays, even if just a tad bit better!

Priscilla, Cliff’s Mom ♥

Here are a few of our children…..

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Timothy Cramer, Jr.
7/2/85 ~ 10/30/09

 

 

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                                                                                            Anthony “TONY” Kempher
11/18/92 ~ 9/11/12

 

 

 

 
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Christian Bishop
10/30/92 ~ 6/30/11

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Clifford Edwin Widmer, III
3/7/78 ~ 5/25/05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 CHRISTOPHER

 

 

 

 

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Miranda Nashelle Moreno 4/19/04-11/13/13

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7/22/82 ~ 4/10/05

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SIGN THE REMEMBRANCE BOOK WITH COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS HERE

 

 

TO FIND A SERVICE NEAR YOU…..CLICK HERE

Thanksgiving Day with Cliff’s Mom :-)

Join us this morning as we share memories of the children we have lost.

The holiday’s is a very tough time of the year, but by sharing the memories together, we can get through it ♥

The Google Hangout will begin at 10am pst 🙂

 

GOOGLE HANGOUT WITH CLIFF’S MOM 🙂

Hope to see you there♥

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Find a ceremony near you ♥

Happy Thanksgiving♥
Priscilla L Brooks, Cliff’s Mom 🙂
CliffsStory.com@gmail.com

Program 12-9-12 Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony

Find a LIVE ceremony near you ♥ Click Here

At 7pm your local time, please light a candle in remembrance of your child to whom you have lost to death way to early. This special day began in 1997 by the organization CompassionateFriends.org We will begin our program below once you have lit your candle and go until 8pm. This starts in New Zealand I believe and goes across the globe worldwide. What a special way to remember our children. I began this new tradition last year and will continue on every year until I breath no longer.

Welcome from Cliff’s Mom Priscilla 🙂
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Poem Reading 1 – “Memories”
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Reading 2 – “The Double Rainbows”
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Poem Reading 3 – “In Your Heart”
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Poem Reading 4 – “Tears”
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Poem Reading 5 – “When GOD calls our Children”
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Poem Reading 6 – “The Cord”
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Poem Reading 7 – “My First Christmas in Heaven”
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Click here to enter in the 2012 Remembrance Book

 

Below we remember our children…….
Clifford E. Widmer, III 3-07-78 – 5-25-05

 

 

Timothy Cramer, Jr.

 

If you have a loved one you would like added to this blog, please email your photo to CliffsStory.com@gmail.com

 

Thank you! 🙂
Priscilla, Cliff’s Mom

12-9-12 Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony

12-9-12 Worldwide Candle Lighting Ceremony is an annual event that was started in 1997 by Compassionatefriends.org.  You can go to their website and read all about it.

Last year was our 1st Annual Event and we are going to do it again!

You can join us live in Reedley, CA at Kelly’s Beach located at 9200 Kings River Road at Manning Avenue, on December 9th.

Registration starts at 6pm Ceremony begins at 6:30 And, we will start lighting candles for our children who have died at 7 pm and let them burn for an hour while we proceed with appropriate music, videos and sharing about our loved ones.

Please remember to bring an ornament to place on a Christmas tree that will be displayed the entire month of December at Kelly’s Beach.  Also, bring a photo that will be displayed on a remembrance table during the ceremony.

Coffee, Hot Chocolate and cookies will be served.  Please dress warm as this event is held outdoors.

Anyone who makes a donation this year will receive this TCF “Forever in my Heart” wristband.

For those of you who are either not in our area, or are just not ready to express your feelings in public, please come back to CliffsStory.com on December 9th at 7pm in your time zone.  I will again be posting an online ceremony you can experience at home.

Thank you to everyone who has donated time, money, food, etc.  It means the world to me!  <3

Priscilla 🙂

Cliff’s Mom <3

Worldwide Candle Lighting Program 12-11-11 in Reedley CA

I am gathering music for our Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday evening…..I came across some videos with music I thought would be appropriate.

So if you are unable to join us in Reedley, CA or in your area, feel free to stop by this page, light a candle at 7pm your local time and you will be with us in spirit!

Go to CompassionateFriends.org to find a location near you.

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Precious_Child_by_Karen_Taylor-Good Music

The Spirit of the Child Music

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Christmas in Heaven

 

Goodbye for now……

Do not stand at my grave and weep……

 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future .. Jeremiah 29:11.

 

Our Angels in Heaven……

 

Heaven was needing a Hero…..

In memory of Loved Ones, Ships of Heaven……..

Never be Forgotten……

 

Finale……Christmas in Heaven

 

Go to the Compassionate Friends website and leave a message in the Remembrance Book

May GOD Bless you and give you peace during the holidays!

Priscilla, Cliff’s Mom

Cliff~

Join us for Worldwide Candle Lighting in Reedley, CA

Click Here to open a pdf document you can print with event information! 😉

I have the most amazing news. We will be putting together a last minute location to celebrate the “Worldwide Candle Lighting”! Thank you so much to Mike and Cindy Kelly for accomodating this very last minute request.
Please share this information with everyone you know in the Fresno County area. The only other event in the county will be in Kerman.
This is a worldwide candle lighting memorial service that commemorates and honors children, siblings, and grandchildren of all ages who have died from any cause and transcends all ethnic, cultural, religious, and political boundaries.
The Worldwide Candle Lighting is TCF’s gift to the bereavement community. By holding an organized candle lighting service, allied organizations and all caring groups show unity by joining with TCF and its many chapters in remembering the lives of the precious children of this world who are no longer with us.
It does not matter how old your child was when they died, they are still our children of whom we have lost. Please join me, Priscilla, Cliff’s Mom from “CliffsStory.com” and light a candle for your lost child.
Here are the details:

Please join us Sunday December 11th at 6:30pm at Kelly’s Beach in the grass area. (9200 S. Kings River Road, Reedley, CA) We will have you sign in your childs name as you arrive and place an ornament you bring with you, on the tree provided. Also, please bring a candle in a jar that you will light with us all at 7pm and remain lit until 8pm. You may also bring a photo of your loved one to be placed on a remembrance table.

After the event, we will most likely join each other at the restaurant to remember our loved ones.
I would be honored to share this time with you as I honor my son Cliff.
Priscilla, Cliff’s Mom 😉