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.
Services are held every year on December 6th at El Toro Memorial Park in Lake Forest, Ca.