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Angel of Hope Statue & Memorial Garden

The Christmas Box Angel or the Angel of Hope was introduced to the world in the book The Christmas Box, a worldwide best seller and television movie by author Richard Paul Evans. The story is a fictional account of his own mother's mourning of the loss of a child. In the book a woman grieves for her lost child at the base of an angel statue. The angel monument once existed but is speculated to have been destroyed. In response to grieving parents Richard Paul Evans commissioned another angel statue. On December 6, 1994 in Salt Lake City, UT the first Angel of Hope statue was dedicated. Since this time over 54 statues have been commissioned, dedicated, and placed as a site for healing. Compassionate Friends is raising funds to support the Angel of Hope and Memorial Garden which was dedicated and opened on November 28, 2004 on the property of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home. The project is not fully funded and there will be ongoing opportunities to support the project financially.

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In 2001 the local Chapter of Compassionate Friends under the direction of Ben & Betsy Gates began looking for a facilitator. Marti Schrader, GRS for DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home stepped in and took over the task. Compassionate Friends began meeting with Tapestries, the grief support group at the funeral home.

Marti had a deep sense that these parents were in need of a way to remember their children and so joined with the national office of Compassionate Friends to organize the first ever Walk-to-Remember in Whitley County. And in the organizing of the Walk-to-Remember a dream was born to bring an Angel of Hope to the planned Memorial Garden at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home.

The Memorial Garden and Angel of Hope are scheduled to be completed for a dedication ceremony in the summer of 2004. The garden is to be a place of reflection and remembrance of all who have lost a child of any age or a loved one too soon.

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The Angel of Hope Committee, along with Chamber of Commerce Dignitaries and Mayor Jim Fleck, officially break ground for the Angel of Hope Statue and Memorial Garden on September 16, 2004.

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Angel of Hope and Memorial Garden Committee

Front row l to r-- Carla Blakley, Pastor Penny Mosher, Sharon Brockhaus, Marti Schrader, GRS 

Back row l to r-- Randy L. Grimes, Sheldon Bailey, Dr. William J. Carnes, Benton E. Gates, Jr., Kari Vilamaa, Architect

DeMoney-Grimes staff contributed $1700 to the Angel of Hope and Memorial Garden. Construction was completed in the Fall of 2004

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