A candle is a symbol of comfort shining through the darkness. On Friday, Dec. 28, and Friday, Jan. 4 the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) will hold an Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR) mesothelioma group tradition by urging all to “light a candle” both virtually and in our homes to honor Mesothelioma Warriors.
The December 28 Candle Lighting
The lighting on Dec. 28 will be held in memory of these Mesothelioma Warriors who lost their lives to the deadly cancer. This ceremony will take place to reflect and renew the inner strength of all those affected by a loved one who lost their battle with mesothelioma. For those who choose, online messages may be written to serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration to others.
The December 28 ceremony will involve four candle lightings: one for grief, one for courage, one for memories and one for love. You can light your virtual candle here, following these steps:
LIGHT THE FIRST CANDLE: “The light of this first candle represents our grief. The pain of losing you is intense. It reminds us of the depth of our love for you.”
LIGHT THE SECOND CANDLE: “The light of this second candle represents the courage it takes to confront our sorrow, to comfort each other, to change our lives.”
LIGHT THE THIRD CANDLE: “This third candle is a light to all of our memories of you. To the times we laughed, the times we cried, the times we were angry with each other, the silly things you did, the caring and the joy you gave us.”
LIGHT THE FOURTH CANDLE: “This fourth candle is the light of our love. As we go forward, day by day we cherish the special place in our hearts that will always be reserved for you. We thank you for the gift your life brought to each of us. We love you always.”
The January 4 Candle Lighting
The candle lighting on Friday, Jan. 4 will take place to honor and support current Mesothelioma Warriors who are still fighting the disease and who serve as an inspiration to the entire mesothelioma community. The lighting of four candles will involve the following steps:
LIGHT THE FIRST CANDLE: Remind us of love
LIGHT THE SECOND CANDLE: Renew our hope
LIGHT THE THIRD CANDLE: Give us courage
LIGHT THE FOURTH CANDLE: Strengthen our pledge to continue
Join the cause to honor mesothelioma victims and current warriors. Light your candles on December 28 and January 4, either virtually or in your home. For more information on the Mesothelioma Warriors being honored, view this list.