I love candles. No matter where you are, or whatever the scenario, candles always lend a certain ambience. I guess when most people think of candles, they think of romance – a candlelit dinner for two, for example. For me though, they are much more than that. To me, candles are comforting (I’m not religious and yet I find the sight of candles in a church spiritually soothing), relaxing (a long hot soak in a bubble bath surrounded by candles always does me the world of good), festive and traditional (lighting the Christmas candles is something I dearly love about the season), and atmospheric (where would a ghost story be without a candle suddenly being blown out?)
Candles can represent respect too. I remember once seeing a candle being lit around a coffin, and thinking how it seemed to represent a final act by those left behind for someone they loved. A candle in the dark, lighting the way to another life.