The Angel of Hope was inspired by Richard Paul Evans' national bestseller, The Christmas Box. It is a story of a woman who mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument. The monument that the fictional tale speaks of once existed but was destroyed by floods in 1984. Richard Paul Evans commissioned a new angel in response to reports of parents seeking out the angel as a place to grieve and heal. The monument lies in the Salt Lake City Cemetery in Salt Lake City, Utah. The angel was dedicated on December 6, 1994 - corresponding with the date of the child's death in The Christmas Box.
The sculpture is the creation of a father and son from Salt Lake City, Ortho and Jared Fairbanks. It was modeled according to the description in Evans' book. If you look closely, you can find in the angel's right wing the word "hope."
The Angel of Hope monument was brought to Southern California to support parents who have lost a child of any age, for any reason. This monument will be dedicated on September 28, 2002. May you find healing and comfort in her presence.
For additional information about Richard Paul Evans and the Christmas Box Angel, here is a link to his website.
Read the speech given at the Dedication Ceremony by Lisa Biakanja, Project Coordinator for the Angel of Hope.
Read the speech given at the Memorial Ceremony December 2002 by Megan Heddlesten, Angel Committee Member
Read the speech given at the Memorial Ceremony December 2002 by Erin Runnion, mother of kidnap victim, Samantha Runnion.