Join us for our annual Candle Lighting and potluck at 6pm at Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Bring a side dish to share. Candle Lighting begins at 7pm. We will read poems, share insight, and remember our loved ones together as we light a candle to honor their memory. *Inclement weather will move the Candle Lighting solely to Zoom.* (Email us for the Zoom link.)

The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting on the 2nd Sunday in December unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit on December 11th, 2022 at 7:00 pm local time, hundreds of thousands of people commemorate and honor the memory of all children gone too soon.

Now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe, the annual Worldwide Candle Lighting (WCL), a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends, creates a virtual 24-hour wave of light as it moves from time zone to time zone. TCF’s WCL started in the United States in 1997 as a small internet observance and has since swelled in numbers as word has spread throughout the world of the remembrance. Hundreds of formal candle lighting events are held, and thousands of informal candle lightings are conducted in homes, as families gather in quiet remembrance of children who have died and will never be forgotten.


We had beautiful weather for our chapter’s first Walk to Remember on Sunday, Sept. 12th, 2021! Here’s a link to a wonderful news article covering the walk:

Our chapter was also presented with a special proclamation from New Ulm Mayor Terry Sveine as he proclaimed September 12th “South Central Minnesota Chapter of Compassionate Friends Children’s Memorial Day.”

Mayor’s proclamation

Attendees had perfect weather in which to walk in remembrance of their loved ones.

German Park fountain

Our TCF Memorial stone at German Park


Our TCF Memorial Trees are displayed annually in the New Ulm Medical Center chapel. Anyone is welcome to place an ornament on the trees. (Enter through the ER door entrance if after hours.) If you would like to volunteer in the set up and take down of the trees, please contact us. The trees are put up the week of Thanksgiving and taken down right after the New Year. The ornaments are lovingly, carefully packed away and stored safely until the next year.

View our 2020 virtual TCF Memorial Christmas Trees via this link on our YouTube channel.