Magdeburg (dpa/sa) - Consolation, grief and encouragement: Orphaned parents, grieving siblings, friends and relatives remembered deceased children in several churches and chapels in Saxony-Anhalt on Sunday. There were church services, devotions and commemorative events - often organized together with hospice associations, said the Evangelical Church in Central Germany (EKM) on Sunday.
The occasion is the "Worldwide Candle Lighting" - the world memorial day for deceased children - on which at 7 p.m. a burning candle in a window commemorates the dead worldwide. According to the EKM, around 20,000 children and young adults die every year in Germany as a result of illness, accidents, premature birth or stillbirth. Many grieving parents would still suffer greatly from their loss years later, it said.