Angel of Hope

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An “Angel of Hope” memorial ceremony will be on Monday, December 6 at 7 p.m. at Belleville’s Hillside cemetery. 

This short and solemn evening of dedication and honor is set aside each year on December 6th in loving tribute to the memory of beloved and greatly missed deceased children, regardless of age.  This candlelight ceremony happens throughout the world wherever there is an “Angel of Hope” statue.

The “Angel of Hope” or also known as the Christmas Box Angel Statue was introduced to the world in the book “The Christmas Box“, a worldwide bestseller and hit television movie by author Richard Paul Evans.  In the fictional story, a woman mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument.  A angel statue was commissioned by Evans, in response to reports that grieving parents were seeking out the angel as a place grieve and heal.  The first statue was dedicated on December 6, 1994 in Salt Lake City.  As news of the angels spread, people from around the world contacted Evans so they too could have an Angel erected closer to them. 

Belleville is one of these proud homes of an “Angel” as of 2002. The Angel is 4’3″ tall, and has a wingspan of 5″ 2″. The public is welcome to visit this monument which is located just within Belleville’s Hillside Cemetery.  Engraved bricks surrounding the statue can also be purchased through the city.  The “Angel” represents HOPE (engraved in her wings)and her garden is a place of peace and serenity for all parents and families to visit.  The site represents a place to grieve and heal for all our angels. The loss of a child, regardless of age is insurmountable and we need to keep their “light” shining on with our love.

All the public is invited to this candlelight memorial at the “Angel of Hope” statue. 

Candles, hot chocolate and flowers for the dedication will be provided. Please feel free to bring an ornament to decorate the spruce tree located near the angel.

Call the Brown Family Center of Belleville, MI at 734-697-5090 to let us know if you want your child‘s name announced during the ceremony.

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