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Compassionate Friends' annual candlelight ceremony is Sunday


GRAFTON — Dave and Terri Zunis never want to forget their son, Dominic Zunis.

They don’t want the world to forget him either.

Dominic Zunis was 18 years old when he died in March 2013 after the car he was driving plummeted into a pond off state Route 57, near Mennell Road, in Grafton Township.

As a way to remember Dominic, and the other sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and grandchildren who left too soon, the Lorain County Chapter 2458 of Compassionate Friends will be taking part in the annual worldwide candle-lighting ceremony. The event starts at 6 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady Queen of Peace, 708 Erie St., Grafton.

The Lorain County Chapter 2458 Compassionate Friends was started by the Zunises and fellow Lorain County resident Lisa Barnes.

“We invite all friends and families of our children to attend,” Zunis said.

This year marks the fourth year for the candlelighting ceremony at the church, and Zunis added that each year, more people attend.

“More people who reach out, and this allows those people who don’t feel like they can come to a meeting a chance to experience what Compassionate Friends might be able to offer them, such as a support group,” Zunis said.

Zunis said the organization is just as important today as when it started in 2015.

“It’s important because we continue to grieve our children and as you can imagine, it’s incredibly hard during the holidays,” she said. “This is a way to recognize, remember, mourn, celebrate and share (our children) with others.”

For more information on the event or organization, call Terri Zunis at (216) 469-5311.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or mlinebrink@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @MLinebrinkCT.

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