By: Bailey Myers
December 8th, 2013
Tallahassee FL- Families and friends of children whose lives have been lost came out tonight in Bainbridge to light a candle of remembrance.
"Death can take our loved ones but death cannot take our memories," inspired words from one of the many parents, who visited Willis Park Bainbridge as part of a worldwide candle lighting in honor of loved ones lost.
For many of the parents like Sharon Day, who lost her fifteen year old daughter Jamie, tonight meant so much. She explained, "It's bitter sweet for us with Jamie going home the day after Christmas, and Christmas was her favorite time of the year. And it's just important to keep their memories alive."
The Compassionate Friends Southwest Georgia Chapter Leader, June Faircloth explained, "We have had a lot of deaths in this town and it's a very small town people are very close. We just need that support. It's not the type of support you can get any other way."
After loosing her 18 year old son, June Faircloth started the Compassionate Friends chapter in Bainbridge. Dozens of parents and siblings who lost a loved one attend group meetings once a month.
"Light a candle in their memory and let that flame and that love continue to grow," said Day.
Although this was the 17th worldwide candle lighting, it was the first for the Bainbridge community. The Compassionate Friends of Southwest Georgia plans on making tonight's event and annual one.