Compassionate Friends to host banquet in memory of deceased children


Members of the Desha County Compassionate Friends are making plans to join the National Compassionate Friends in the 16th year Worldwide Candlelighting Remembrance, which will be held Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., when candles will be lighted in memory of all children.

A memorial roll with the children’s names and pictures will be displayed during the Desha County Compassionate Friends Candle Lighting Remembrance program and banquet from 6-8 p.m. at the Dumas Community Center. There is no admission. The Candle Light Banquet is a gift to the bereaved parents and their families during this season of the year. Supportive friends are also invited to attend this event.

Those who plan to attend are asked to provide the name of the child/children for whom they will be lighting a candle and how many will be attending by Wednesday. Call 870-382-4863, 870-382-6203 or 870-377-7422; or e-mail hwattsus@yahoo.com.

Compassionate Friends who would like to have their child’s name on the memorial roll or picture on the Memory Board, may mail the child’s name, birth date, death date, picture, and parents’ name by Wednesday to Desha County Compassionate Friends, P.O. Box 482, Dumas, AR 71639. All pictures will be returned. Pictures and information may also be e-mailed to hwattsus@yahoo.com

Desha County Compassionate Friends is a national non-profit, 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 wishes to give a donation in memory of a child may do so. Checks may be made payable to Desha County Compassionate Friends and mailed to Desha County Compassionate Friends, P.0. Box 482, Dumas, AR 71639.

Desha County Compassionate Friends leaders are Hattie Watts and Gaye Brown.