In Jewish tradition, the Shiva candle represents a person’s soul, since each person brings light into the world. And just as one can take from a flame to light more candles without diminishing the original flame, so too a person can give of him/herself, touching many lives, without ever being diminished.
It’s only supposed to burn for 7 days, but in Edie’s case it burned for nearly 8 and half days.
Now whether the candle burning a day and a half longer than expected is significant, is doubtful. I do know if anyone had asked me what I would have thought about such a thing a month ago, I would have simply chocked it up to poor quality control.
But now that this involves me, I can’t help but think otherwise. For those who knew Edie, you know she wasn’t Jewish, but she was the embodiment of what the Shiva Candle represents, and it’s hard not to tack on some significance to that event.
I sure would like to think that anyways.