On October 4, 2008, the Springfield Angel of Hope, NFP dedicated an Angel of
Hope Statue in the Washington Park Botanical Garden. The angel statue honors
the lives of all children gone too soon and serves as a place of hope and
healing for parents, families, and friends dealing with the tragic loss of a
child. Over 600 area children's names are commemorated on the Memorial Wall
located at the Springfield angel statue site. Information on how to add a
child's name to the memorial wall can be found under "Giving
Opportunities". The angel in Springfield joins nearly 100 Angel of Hope
Statues in other communities across the country (including 7 in Illinois).
The original Angel of Hope Statue is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The
statue was first introduced to the world in the book The Christmas Box,
a worldwide best-selling story by author
Richard Paul Evans. In the book, a woman mourns the loss of her child
at the base of an angel monument. Although the story is mostly fiction, the
angel monument described in the book once existed but was later destroyed in a
flood. In response to reports that grieving parents were seeking out the angel
as a place to remember and heal, author
Richard Paul Evans commissioned a new angel statue.
The Memorial Wall is nearly filled to capacity with the names of our beloved children. To provide a site that
continues to commemorate the lives of cherished children and facilitate hope and healing, we are seeking support to build
another Memorial Wall.