CANDLELIGHT MEDITATION PROGRAM GUIDE

The Candlelight Meditation is a brief, but meaningful event which allows a group to observe National Donor Sabbath with minimal resources needed. The Meditation calls upon the following principles in recognition of National Donor Sabbath:

  1. Reverence: honoring the dignity and generosity of those who gave;
  2. Teaching: sharing information about the impact of organ, tissue and eye donation;
  3. Self-Reflection: Consideration of the power within each individual to leave a positive legacy;
  4. Fellowship: Coming together in the spirit of a common purpose-the recognition of the importance of organ, tissue and eye donation.

Step 1: Organizing the Meditation

  • Select a date and time for the event that will yield the greatest attendance possible.
  • Choose an appropriate venue. Because it is a candlelight event, it is best held in the evening or night if the venue is outside. However, it can also be held inside during the day or night in a dimly-lit room.
  • Publicize the event. The manner in which you publicize your Candlelight Meditation will depend on your location. For example, social media, campus news, group texts, etc. work well for college and high school campuses. Faith-based communities may use bulletins, announcements or social media. Articles in community or hometown papers are also extremely valuable for getting the word out.
  • Select one or more persons to act as readers or speakers of short verses during the Meditation.
  • You may use the verses provided with this guide, or choose your own. Another option is to ask a donor family member or recipient to tell about their donation experience instead of, or in addition to, the reading of the verses.
  • You may open or close the meditation with recorded music, a live instrumentalist, singer or group song.
  • Contact ARORA at mscott@arora.org to request candles for your Meditation. Please give us at least seven (7) days notice to ensure your candles arrive in time for your event.  

Step 2: Presenting the Candlelight Meditation

  • If indoors, lights should be dimmed prior to participants gathering.
  • Provide an unlit candle to each person as they enter the venue.
  • Ask participants to stand during the meditation. Provide seating for those physically unable to stand.
  • Music played should be at a low volume.
  • Participants should remain quiet.
  • Readers and speakers should be stationed within the group, not out front. However, be certain that each is placed in a location where they can be heard by all. The order of the readings, or sharing of experiences should be determined prior to the event.
  • Designate a participant to light his or her candle. The next person’s candle should be lighted with that candle and continue until all participants’ candles are lit.
  • Commence the readings after the last candle has been lit.
  • After all readings and songs have concluded, the convener of the Meditation blows out his or her candle, encouraging all to do the same. He or she thanks all for coming and offers donor registration cards and informational cards to participants.
  • Instruct participants that they may fill out the card and return to you, or they can go to the website shown on the card to register online at donatlifearkansas.org.
  • Collect any completed donor registration cards. Email Michael Scott at mscott@arora.org, or call at him at 501.907.9148 for instructions on returning the completed registration cards to ARORA.
  • The entire Candlelight Meditation should take no more than 15 minutes.

 Candlelight Meditation Reading

You are encouraged to use one of the following poems, “To Remember Me,” or “Bequest,” as the reading for the Candlelight Meditation. You can have one person read a poem in its entirety, or break it up to be read by several people.


To Remember Me

The day will come when my body will lie upon a white sheet neatly tucked under four corners of a mattress located in a hospital busily occupied with the living and the dying. 
At a certain moment a doctor will determine that my brain has ceased
 to function and that, for all intents and purposes, my life has stopped.

When that happens, do not attempt to instill artificial life into my body by the use of a machine.  
And don't call this my deathbed.  Let it be called the Bed of Life, and let my body be taken  from it to help others lead fuller lives.

Give my sight to the man who has never seen a sunrise, a baby's face or love in the eyes of a woman.

Give my heart to a person whose own heart has caused nothing but endless days of pain. 

Give my blood to the teenager who was pulled from the wreckage of  his car, so that he might live to see his grandchildren play. 

Give my kidneys to one who depends on a machine to exist from week to week. 

Take my bones, every muscle, every fiber and nerve in my body and  find a way to make a crippled child walk. 

Explore every corner of my brain. Take my cells, if necessary, and let them grow so that, someday, a speechless b
b
ody will shout at the crack of a bat and a deaf girl will hear the sound of rain against her window. 

Burn what is left of me and scatter the ashes to the winds to help the flowers grow. 
If you must bury something, let it be my faults, my weaknesses and all prejudice against my fellow man.

Give my sins to the devil.
Give my soul to God. 

If, by chance, you wish to remember me, do it with a kind deed or word to someone who needs you. 
If you do all I have asked, I will live forever.

Bequest

So white. 
Now I lay me down upon a sheet so white. 
No more.
My brain can hear your voice no more.
But wait.
These eyes,
This heart,
This kidney, 
These bones, skin, blood, nerve
Still can serve.
As Christ gave His body and His blood for me,
Now let me give this gift to thee.
Take these eyes and let them see.
Let this skin feel again and be.
Accept this organ to make her whole,
This blood to speed him on his way,
Then Blessed Lord, receive my soul.

                                                                                              Herbert Nelson