The Angel of Hope
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The Angel of Hope's Story

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 the word "hope" in the angel's right wing. You can read more about Richard Paul Evans and The Christmas Box at his website,  
The Angel of Hope was brought to Fargo to support parents who have lost a child of any age, for any reason.  May you find healing and comfort in her presence.  Our Angel is one of more than 150 in the United States.  For a list of the other Angels of Hope please visit

If you would like a free copy of The Christmas Box, our local Compassionate Friends Chapter has some. Please email us at with your name and address.
Our Angel of Hope arrived in Fargo on October 4, 2005.  Here are some photos of our volunteers getting our Angel situated and laying the remembrance bricks.










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