What is an Angel of Hope?
The Angel of Hope name comes from a best-selling book and television movie called The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans, who inspired this statue. In the story, an elderly woman mourns the death of her little daughter by making regular trips to the child’s grave, which is marked with an angel statue (Angel of Hope). The statue evokes a profound and miraculous connection between mother and child and helps convey valuable lessons about the true meaning of life to others. This simple, non-religious but spiritual story has brought hope to thousands of parents who have endured the death of a child.
In 1996, in response to reports that grieving parents were actually seeking out the statue described in the book, Evans commissioned an angel statue to stand in the City Cemetery in Salt Lake City, which served as the setting for his book. Although the story is mostly fiction, the angel monument once existed in the cemetery, but is thought to have since been destroyed.
Once the statue was erected, people from all over the country flocked to the Salt Lake City cemetery seeking solace from their own loss and hope for the future. This has inspired close to 100 communities to bring the Angel of Hope statue to their town.
The Phoenix Angel of Hope was dedicated on December 12, 2004. Nancy and Culver White, bereaved parents, approached Hansen Mortuaries about donating land to give the Angel a permanent home in Phoenix. Our Angel of Hope is now in place at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Memorial Park, 6500 E. Bell Road Scottsdale, AZ 85254.
This project is funded by donations. These are opportunities for donors to receive recognition on a wall as well as a plaque for their loved one. Contributions of $150.00 will have their loved ones’ name inscribed on a plaque to be located at the site. All contributions are tax deductible . You may download the order form here.
Every year at 6pm on the 2nd Sunday in December a Candlelight Remembrance Service is held at the Angel Site.
For questions and inquiries , please call 480-991-5800.