Worldwide Candle Lighting Day

Every second Sunday in December – on Worldwide Candle Lighting Day – family and friends gather to remember our loved ones who left this world too soon.

Worldwide Candle Lighting Day started in the United States in 1997 as a small observance and has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world. 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 those who have died and will never be forgotten. 

Sunday, December 10, 2023 is Worldwide Candle Lighting Day. If you’ve experienced the tragic, sudden loss of a loved one, please know how sorry we are. If you’d like to be part of Candle Lighting Day at SADS, we have a few simple options to join us, including:


Putting your city on our Candle Lighting Map to show that you’re remembering a loved one this December


Being a part of our 2023 Memorial Video by submitting a photo of your loved one


Creating a memorial page in honor of your loved one.


Watch Last Year’s Memorial Video (2022)

View Last Year’s Candle Lighting Map (2022)

Grief resources at SADS

More information about Candle Lighting