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Published January 19 2013

About Angel of Hope

A focal point of Altru’s Infant Bereavement program is the “Angel of Hope” statue that stands east of the hospital.

This angel is dedicated to all infants and children who have died.

The statue was introduced to the world in the bestselling book, “The Christmas Book,” by Richard Paul Evans. In the book, a woman mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument. The story is fiction, but the angel monument was real.

Grieving parents began seeking the angel out. In response to those reports, Evans commissioned a new angel statue, which was dedicated in December 1994 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In August 2000, the Grand Forks angel was the 11th to be dedicated. Now, there are more than 100 statues around the country.

On Dec. 6 each year, a candlelight ceremony begins at the Angel of Hope monument and ends in the Altru hospital lobby where families are given the opportunity to place an ornament bearing their child’s name on a large Christmas tree. The names are read aloud.

Additionally, Altru has the Angel of Hope Memorial Wall dedicated to children who have died. The wall allows families to have their child’s name etched on the wall. It was dedicated in August 2010.

For more information on this, contact Toni Betting at (701) 780-5300 or tbetting@altru.org