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Forrest General Presents Light Up the Night: A Sky Lantern Memorial Service - Forrest Health
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    Published on November 08, 2018

    Grieving Parents Support Group, Hattiesburg Convention Commission, and Forrest General Hospital Present Light Up the Night: A Sky Lantern Memorial Service

    Grieving Parents Support Group, Hattiesburg Convention Commission, and Forrest General Hospital are partnering to present Light Up the Night: A Sky Lantern Memorial Service in observance of

    National Children’s Memorial Day on Sunday, December 9. Lanterns will be available at Lake Terrace Convention Center at 6 p.m. with a brief presentation at 6:30 p.m. and the lantern lighting to follow at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

    “We invite any and all who have lost a loved one and wishes to remember them on this special day to join us as we light small hot air lanterns to release in their names. We will be reassured in the fact that people across the world will, in kind, light up the sky simultaneously for one of the largest memorial events on the planet. By recognizing our loss each year, we seek to heal and grieve in a positive light for all to witness and join, in solidarity,” said Debbie Thomson, founder of Grieving Parents Support Group.

    This event is free and open to anyone who is grieving the loss of a child or family member this holiday season. Families are encouraged to attend together to honor their loved ones. Forrest General chaplains and counsellors from Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services will be available for those who would like to share or need more information about community resources.

    This event is held in conjunction with The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting, which was started by The Compassionate Friends 22 years ago.

    For more information about Light Up the Night: A Sky Lantern Memorial Service, visit

    About Grieving Parents Support Group

    Grieving Parents Support Group offers a place for parents to talk about their child, their loss, fears, anger, anxieties, and other feelings. The group members help each other by sharing with others who have experienced the loss of their child. Grieving parents may feel isolated and that they have been singled out for this unspeakable hurt. This group wants those parents to know they are not alone. All parents who are grieving the loss of a child are invited to join the group as they share the journey of grief and the comfort of healing together. For more information, contact Debbie Thomson at

    About The Compassionate Friends

    The Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization, offering friendship, understanding, and hope to families grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. There is no religious affiliation, and no individual membership fees or dues are charged. All bereaved family members are welcome. Founded in England in 1969, TCF was established in the United States in 1972, with 501(c)(3) not-for-profit incorporation in 1978, under which provision the organization’s nearly 600 local Chapters also operate. TCF operates as separate entities in at least 30 countries around the world.

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