Compassionate friends remember loved ones who left too soon


LIMA – The holidays can be difficult for families if they mourn the deaths of loved ones. It’s especially hard after losing a child.

Compassionate Friends organized a global candle-lighting ceremony on Sunday evening, in which candles were lit for an hour to honor the memory of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and grandchildren who have passed away. too early.

A local candle-lighting ceremony was held at Union Chapel Mission Church. The event was hosted by the West Central Ohio Chapter of Compassionate Friends.

“We are a non-profit, self-help group, and this year is the 25th annual candle-lighting and the largest candle-lighting in the world,” said Jennifer Prine, section leader.

Over 50 people attended the local candle lighting.

“There have been a lot of child deaths lately, but it takes us a while to process them and to be able to attend meetings,” Prine said. “It took me two years, and it seems like about the average before people realize I can’t do it alone anymore because only we know how we feel – what each other is feeling. feels because losing a child – there is nothing I like it. “

Prine lost her son, Nicholas Poling, in 2016 at the age of 23.

“It took a few years after I lost my son to get to a reunion, and I met some of the most amazing people. They know your pain and I know their pain, ”Prine said.

Nathan Poling, 23, is no stranger to the untimely death of a family member.

“I lost my brother. He committed suicide on the property, then I lost my father in a work accident, ”Poling said.

He appreciates what the compassionate group of friends are doing.

“I think it’s nice to get together with groups of people who have lost people because no one knows what it’s like to lose someone (except them). I feel like it helps some people and it’s a good thing to do to just come together, ”Poling said.

Prine has this advice for someone who is still grieving the loss of a child.

“Give yourself time to feel, to cry and to heal. There is no right or wrong way to grieve – and be kind to yourself, ”said Prine. “Tomorrow is another day. We are learning to live with it and find a new normal.

The Midwestern Ohio Compassionate Friends Chapter meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Union Chapel Missionary Church, 4869 Ada Road, Lima. For more information on the organization, contact Prine at 419-605-6350.

A candle-lighting ceremony was held at Union Chapel Missionary Church on Sunday to remember children who died too early. It was part of a worldwide effort by the Compassionate Friends organization.

Contact Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.

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