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Angel of Hope Memorial Garden

The Angel of Hope was introduced to the world through the heartwarming book, The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans, about a woman who mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument. Although the story is mostly fiction, it is speculated that an actual angel monument existed at one time.

The book itself was such a treasure to readers that Richard Paul Evans began receiving correspondence requesting information about the angel monument. In response, he commissioned the first Angel of Hope monument to be built as a place for parents grieving the loss of a child.

The monument was dedicated in 1994, on December 6th, a date corresponding to the child’s death in the book. Since then, over 100 other monuments have been erected throughout the United States to serve as beacons of hope to parents who have faced the tragic loss of a child, no matter what age, no matter what cause. Each year at 7:00 p.m. on December 6th, parents, siblings, family members and friends gather together at the angel monuments across the world to celebrate the lives and mourn the loss of a child that left too soon. The original Angel of Hope Monument was erected in Salt Lake City, Utah and dedicated on December 6, 1994. Our statue is fashioned after the Angel of Hope from the bestselling book, "The Christmas Box" by author Richard Paul Evans. There are more than 120 statues around the United States and this one is the first in the state of Maryland.

The Angel of Hope Memorial Garden in Eldersburg is the first angel monument in the state of Maryland. The monument is open to the public and offers hope to all of the bereaved families and friends throughout the state. In times of healing, parents often need a quiet place of solace to nurture their sense of loss, and to remember the life of their child. Perhaps even to honor their memory. The Angel of Hope gives parents, families and friends a place to:

Remember, honor and share their child who was taken too soon,

Open their hearts to all the treasured memories that are so important to everyone,

Know their child will never be forgotten, always loved and remembered in a place where this common bond connects us regardless of age, race, nationality, religion, social and economic status,

See their name and share their memory with all those who visit the angel - a place of HOPE.


The Angel of Hope Memorial Garden is located at:


South Carroll Senior and Community Center

5928 Mineral Hill Road

Eldersburg, Maryland 21784

5928 Mineral Hill Road Eldersburg, MD 21784

Memorial Tiles

Memorial tiles are available for families or friends to purchase and personalize to remember their children.  These tiles are placed on a "Remembrance Wall" to forever honor our lost angels. The memorial tiles are $150.00 each and can be purchased in remembrance of any child or loved one by their family members, friends, classmates, or teammates.  However, the tiles cannot be purchased in memory of parents, grandparents, spouses etc. Each ceramic tile allows the purchaser to create a message in which to honor and remember their loved one.


Orders are placed February so that we can have them installed on our Remembrance Wall in the spring. If you are interested in purchasing a tile, please contact us as soon as possible. The garden is open to the public and is intended to serve all bereaved parents, families and friends in the state of Maryland, who have suffered the loss of a child.  Fill out the information requested on our order form and send to the address listed there.