Memorial Candle - The ritual
of lighting a candle in remembrance
The ritual of lighting a candle
to pay tribute to a life ‘passed’ has long been a part of our culture.
Keeping a light burning in remembrance signifies that the memory still
lives on and burns bright. It is a ritual that promotes reflection
and signifies remembrance.
It can be traced back to
ancient pagan rites and the beginning of Christianity, as we know it.
Light is considered pure, it dispels darkness, it nourishes life and illuminates
everything. As such light became a befitting symbol for God, the
‘Blessed Savior’, as referred to in the bible as “the light of the world”
[John 8:12]. In addition, wax has its own symbolic meaning,
the wax being spotless, is supposed to represent Christ’s spotless body,
with the wick within it representing his soul and the glowing flame representing
the Divine Nature united with the human in one Divine Person.
Thus candles have long been
used in church and are established within our culture as a symbolic way
to remember those passed.
A memorial candle can be
a great way to celebrate the life of a lost loved one, and bring joy and
comfort to family and loved ones, by enabling the ritual of remembrance
to be perpetuated and a candle lit each day to ease the pain of loss.
How memorial candles can be
Personalized Memorial Candles
make superb thoughtful memorial gifts that truly come from the heart.
There are various options for a memorial candle. You can, of course,
simply purchase a bespoke memorial candle from a retailer, or you could
choose to make your own memorial candles.
Memorial Candles personalized
with photos & tributes
Personalizing a candle with
the special image of your loved one makes a Memorial Candle a unique remembrance
tribute. The warm glow behind the image of your loved one shows that
their memory is still burning bright! You can personalize a
Memorial Photo Candle with a photo or artwork along with your personal
text message for a wonderful keepsake.
Electric, solar or battery-powered
‘flameless’ memorial candles
In addition to wax memorial
candles, you can also purchase electric, battery-powered or solar-powered
Memorial candles votives.
These operate more as an everlasting memorial candle tribute. Solar-powered
memorial candle votives are often placed as memorial markers at a gravesite.
Virtual memorial candles
We have written quite extensively
recently about how technology is reshaping the funeral industry and it
even reaches into the memorial candle market. You can now opt to
light a virtual candle online as a way to offer remembrance. Check
out the ‘light a candle’ website listed in our resources at the bottom
of this article.
Yahrzeit candles lit in memory
A Yahrzeit candle is lit in
the Jewish faith on the anniversary of the death of a loved one each year.
A special Yahrzeit candle is lit that burns for 24 hours. This ceremony
is conducted on the anniversary of special family members each year to
ensure that their memory is cherished.
Make your own memorial candle
Being that candles are so easy
to purchase today, as are an array of different candle holders, you could
choose to make your own memorial candle. This would make it a unique
memorial tribute in a totally personal way. Many local stationers
offer same-day printing or engraving, so you can even chose to have a candle
holder personally printed or engraved or have a batch of labels made to
decorate multiple candles to commemorate your loved one.
Candles, simple yet effective
in symbolizing a memory.
||Expert Author: Sara
Sara is the Editor in Chief
for US Funerals Online and has been researching and writing about the death
care industry in the US for the last 5 years.
• Creating your own memorial
• How to create an online
a virtual candle
Last Revised 01/08/2013