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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 over 100 Angel of Hope Statues in other communities across the country (including 10 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.

Our Angel

With the hope of providing bereaved families a place to remember and honor the children they have lost, the Springfield Angel of Hope, NFP was established in August 2007. Founded by parents who have experienced the heartbreaking pain of losing a child, our not-for-profit organization raised all the necessary funds to pay for and install the angel statue. With strong community encouragement and support, construction began on the Springfield angel statue site in April 2008 at the Washington Park Botanical Garden. The site was completed and dedicated in October 2008.

With the Memorial Wall nearly filled to capacity in 2016, there was a need to expand the angel statue site to continue to provide a peaceful, hopeful place honoring our beloved children. Through the continued overwhelming support of individual and community donors, the angel statue site expansion was completed in October 2017 with the addition of two Memorial Walls, as well as a new walkway and landscaping. With this completion, the Springfield Angel of Hope, NFP can continue to help bring healing and serenity to those mourning the loss of their child through commemoration at the statue site.

Springfield’s angel statue is the only one of its kind located in central Illinois. The bronze angel, with its child’s face and outstretched wings of hope, measures 4’3″ tall and has a wingspan of 5’2″. If you look closely you can find the word “HOPE” written on the angel’s right wing. Children’s names are honored on a Memorial Wall located behind the angel statue. Situated in a beautiful natural setting, the Springfield Angel of Hope Statue provides a peaceful place for grieving, remembering, and healing. The children whom the angel statue commemorates should be playing, working, and living in our community – now they will be honored at the Springfield angel statue site for generations to come.

Dedication

On October 4, 2008, the Springfield Angel of Hope, NFP dedicated an Angel of Hope Statue in the Washington Park Botanical Garden. The warm sunshine and memories of beloved children drew nearly 700 people to this special event. After Springfield Angel of Hope, NFP President Doug Reynolds welcomed attendees, he and Vice President Elise LoBue unveiled the Angel of Hope Statue for the first time.

Dr. Wayne P. Hoffman, Senior Pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, provided the opening and closing prayers, while guest speakers Lisa Johnson from Christmas Box House International in Salt Lake City and city officials touched on the significance of Springfield’s angel statue. Remarks highlighted the healing power of the Angel of Hope Statue, the natural beauty of the Springfield angel site, the tremendous community support for the angel statue, and the importance of the angel statue to our central Illinois community. Thirteen-year-old Jordan Lucore read a touching poem she wrote about what the Angel of Hope Statue means to her and what it would have meant to her twin brother Alex, now honored at the angel site. The children’s choir from Our Savior’s Lutheran Church spoke for all of the children remembered that day with the song, “Jesus Loves Me.”

The dedication ceremony ended with the release of white doves in honor of the love we feel for our children, the peace we know they have found, and the hope the angel statue represents. The speakers’ remarks, children’s song, dove release, Carillon music, and brilliant sunshine combined for a wonderful welcome of the Angel of Hope Statue to the natural peacefulness of Springfield’s Washington Park Botanical Garden. As speaker Lisa Johnson observed, “It’s as though she has always been here.” This honored event will be remembered by many as a day of hope, healing, peace and remembrance.

A Walk to Remember

In addition to the Remembrance Ceremony which celebrates the lives of children of all ages, the Springfield Angel of Hope also hosts a memorial walk specifically honoring babies gone too soon.

A Walk to Remember takes place in October, which is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, and commemorates the lives of babies lost due to miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death.

For more information about A Walk to Remember or to register for this event, please click the link below.

Giving Opportunities

The Springfield Angel of Hope, NFP continues to accept donations to cover expenditures such as engraving costs for annual updates to the names listed on the Memorial Wall, expenses associated with the annual candlelight remembrance ceremony, ongoing landscape costs, and general site maintenance. You may make your contribution in memory of a child. Children’s names are commemorated on the Memorial Wall located behind the angel statue. There is no minimum donation required to have a child’s name listed on the wall that will be updated annually in time for the December 6th candlelight remembrance ceremony. Children’s names must be received by October 15th each year to be included on that year’s update.

Please mail the completed Donation Form to:

Springfield Angel of Hope, NFP
P.O. Box 9714
Springfield, IL 62791-9714

The Springfield Angel of Hope, NFP is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity and your gift to the organization in support of the Angel of Hope is tax-deductible to the extent of the law. Thank you for your support.