The Lights of Hope Program provides candle light vigils for families in the Washington Metropolitan area regardless of cause of death.
What is a Candlelight Vigil?
A Candlelight Vigil is a powerful ritual of remembrance. It can be a formal or informal gathering of family, friends and community that come together to remember a loved one. Vigils are typically held after sunset at a designated location and attendees will light candles which burn during the vigil. Gatherings are usually one hour in length (formal vigils may be longer). Families may include poems, prayers, singing, and speakers(public and/or religious officials) as a part of the vigil. There are instances where media may be present.
Why have a Candlelight Vigil?
Candlelight Vigils have become a shared community experience for families, friends and the community to acknowledge, honor and give tribute to the memory of a deceased loved one. Vigils provide a source of comfort and hope on the journey to healing.
How to Request a Vigil?
The Lights of Hope Program is available to individuals and families in the Washington Metropolitan area regardless of the cause of death. The Volunteer Coordinator will work directly with an individual or family to develop a program outline, assign a facilitator (if needed) and coordinate police presence.
- October –April: Vigils begin at 6pm or 6:30pm
- May-September: Vigils begin at 7pm or 7:30pm
The Lights of Hope Program provides individuals and families with the following:
- (50) Candles with Drip Guards
- (50) Guides to Coping After Traumatic Loss
- (50) Color Programs
- (20) Keepsake Programs
- (2) Trash Bags
- *When necessary police presence arranged
If you are interested in scheduling a candlelight vigil, please contact Shelley Tillman at 202-624-0010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become a Lights of Hope Team Member:
Any additional questions, please contact Shelley Tillman at 202-624-0010 or email@example.com
To learn more about the Volunteer Program click here.