For someone in darkness, a candle can bring light and comfort. Divina Casila says she was in an abusive relationship for years and when depression brought on the darkest of thoughts, candles saved her life. “Every time I light a candle it just reminds me life is beautiful,” Casila said. During the pandemic, Casila started making candles for friends to raise morale.
The feedback she received convinced her to start a line of homemade candles. She pays extra close attention to details, adding touches of color. “I put flowers on them for decoration,” she said. Casila seals every scented candle with a label offering encouragement. One says “What if I fall? Oh but my darling what if you fly?” Another says “Plant your dreams” and a third says “My story is not over.” “And I put words inside the lid,” she said. “Just a tiny reminder for people that life is amazing and it is possible to come back up when you’re down.” She calls her line of candles Depress Me Not. “I want people to know depression is real and that it’s out there,” she said.