Compassionate Friends to hold special service for bereaved families

HELPING OTHERS COPE: Myrtle Fleming from Compassionate Friends

Compassionate Friends will host be hosting their annual Candle Lighting Memorial Ceremony at the Stirling Presbyterian Church on Monday, November 19.

The ceremony is dedicated to bereaved families and is aimed at helping them to prepare for the holiday season. Tim Stones will give the address.

Bereaved parents, their families and friends are most welcome to attend and candles will be available. The ceremony is scheduled to start at 7pm for 7.30pm.

The international organisation reaches out to families who are coping with the loss of a child and offers them emotional emotional support and comfort.

For East London chapter leader, national and international liaison officer of SA and international chairperson Myrtle Fleming, “working for Compassionate Friends has got to be one of the hardest jobs in the world, walking this devastating road with bereaved parents in unimaginable pain, but the friendships made are very rewarding”.

Fleming has helped many numerous families cope with their grief. and deal with their tragic losses.

One letter sent from a grateful parent to a local newspaper, which Fleming Myrtle quoted, said: “Day or night, she took the time to listen and acted like it was the first time she’d heard all the agony I poured out.”

Compassionate Friends does not receive funding and instead relies on donations. To donate or for any find additional information, contact Fleming at


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