Tranquil, beautiful, Ben Rau Memorial Garden in Blanchette Park, St. Charles, Missouri is home to the Angel of Hope. The angel’s face is that of a child, its arms raised, as a child waiting to be lifted. The word HOPE is inscribed seven times on the statue.
The Angel of Hope is an exact replica of the Christmas Box Angel statue, located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and stands as a symbol of hope for all parents who have experienced the death of a child. The Angel of Hope is based on the angel statue in Richard Paul Evans’ best-selling novel, The Christmas Box.
To honor our children’s memories, memorial bricks are placed around the base of the Angel of Hope statue with separate walkways extending in various directions. The statue and the surrounding area is intended to be a place of peace and healing for all bereaved parents, family members and friends. According to park officials, the Angel is visited every hour of every day.
Your Angel of Hope Memorial Brick will be a treasured gift for years to come. Engraved with an individually personalized message of remembrance, each brick is 4-inches x 8-inches with three lines of text available for engraving; fifteen (15) characters per line, including all spacing and punctuation. All engraving is done in uppercase letters. Every Angel of Hope Memorial Brick purchase includes one (1) felt-backed Miniature Keepsake Brick inscribed with the identical message of the full-size brick. The Miniature Keepsake Bricks measure 2 ¼- inches x 1-inch. Additional Miniature Keepsake Bricks can be purchased in any quantity and make wonderful gifts for friends and family.
The National Share Office hosts two dedication services per year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. The Fall Dedication will take place in late October or early November, prior to the cold and in time for the holiday season. The Spring Dedication will take place the last weekend in April or the first weekend in May, before Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Orders for the Fall Dedication must be received by September 20th, and by March 20th for the Spring Dedication. All Miniature Keepsake Bricks will be received during the Dedication Service.