If you have lost someone to an asbestos-related disease, you are not alone. Tomorrow, as part of Global Asbestos Awareness Week, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization is inviting you to light a candle for your loved one.
While we can't all join together in person to remember those we have lost, we can do so online. The Gratefulness website, where the candles are "lit" explains the meaning of candle lighting:
"Throughout the world, lighting candles is a sacred ritual. We light a candle for many purposes: to illuminate darkness, dedicate prayers, solidify intentions, offer blessings, evoke Spirit, and/or to nourish grateful living.
We welcome you to the practice of lighting a candle; connecting you to inner stillness and to a global community. Feel this connectedness. Slow your pace and offer these moments your full attention. You will be guided step-by-step."
By lighting our candles, we are shining light on a serious problem in the world: asbestos exposure. The dangers of asbestos have been known for centuries, yet many innocent individuals lost their lives after being exposed. It's time to bring this deadly substance out of the dark and show the world what it really is: a silent killer.