Candlelight memorial planned at Angel of Hope statue in Maple Grove

Those that have lost a child are invited to attend a candlelight memorial Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Angel of Hope statue at the Maple Grove Arboretum, 9400 Fernbrook Lane in Maple Grove.

The public is invited to attend this short, simple ceremony. Attendees are invited to bring a white flower to leave at the base of the statue in memory of loved ones. Candles will be provided.

People should carpool if possible. Additional parking is available at Arbor View Early Childhood Center, 9401 Fernbrook Lane and Grove Christian Center, 14320 93rd Ave. N.

For more information, call 763-494-6535, email dcoss@maplegrovemn.gov or visit www.maplegrovemn.gov.

The Maple Grove Angel of Hope is one of many Christmas Box Angels throughout the world that are gathering places for anyone grieving the loss of a child of any age, for any reason. A grieving grandmother, Rosemarie Rosengren, donated the angel in memory of her grandson, Andrew. Rosengren wanted to leave a memorial where mourning parents and families could find a place of solace. This angel was dedicated on May 6, 2001.

The Christmas Box Angel of Hope was first introduced to the world in the international bestselling book and hit television movie “The Christmas Box,” written by Richard Paul Evans. The original Angel of Hope statue, inspired by the book, was dedicated on Dec. 6, 1994, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Since the placement of this first statue, it has become known as a place of hope and healing for anyone who has suffered the loss of a child. Each year individuals and agencies in support of grieving parents sponsor new statues to be placed throughout the world.

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