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Dozens in Pee Dee light candles in memory of loved ones for Worldwide Candle Lighting

Sunday night around the world grieving families lit a candle in their loved ones memory. (Rosalia Fodera/WPDE)

It is a road most don’t want to walk down: losing a family member.

Sunday night, around the world, grieving families lit a candle in their loved ones memory.

"We light a candle at 7pm in each time zone and we blow it out in one hour and the next time zone lights it and they call it a wave around the world in memory of our children," Dianne Mayne, who lost a family member, said.

The Compassionate Friends of the Pee Dee Area held a candle lighting ceremony in Florence.

Mayne’s daughter Leslie died in 2004 when she was 18.

"She had graduated from high school ten days before she was in a car accident," Mayne said. "I feel bad, not just for me but I really feel bad for all she missed out in life because she just loved it."

She lit a candle in Leslie’s memory and she wasn’t alone

"It’s to remember our babies that were done too soon," Barbara Keller, with Compassionate Friends of the Pee Dee," said Mayne.

Mayne said the group was there for her when she needed it the most.

"It’s such a hard road to walk and it’s just nice to be with people that have, are, have travels that road," Mayne said.

If you or someone you know has lost a family member and wants to be a part of the group you can contact them at 843-496-3254.

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