On May 17th, 2015, Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) proudly unveiled an Angel of Hope statue in their Cherished Angel Memory Garden. Located north of the hospital, this garden serves as a peaceful place of prayer and remembrance for those who have suffered the loss of a child.
The Angel of Hope statue was made known through the best-selling novel, The Christmas Box, by Richard Paul Evans. The novel focuses upon the grief a woman faces surrounding the loss of her daughter. The grieving woman feels a profound connection to her daughter through visits to her grave, which features the Angel of Hope Statue. Just as the mother in the novel, parents all over the world are seeking to develop a way to connect with and mourn the loss of a child who has gone too soon. In 1996, the first Angel of Hope Statue was created in response to the requests of the many parents who have experienced such grief. Millions of people have visited this statue to mourn the loss of a child as well as find hope for the years to come.
Throughout the United States, there are only 100 Angel of Hope Statues, making it a one-of-a-kind in the Evergreen Park area. The word “hope” is engraved into the Angel’s wing to serve as a reminder that no matter how terrible a loss, there is always hope for the future.
“We felt there was a strong need to find a meaningful way to remember and recognize these precious little ones,” explains Mary Grimm, RN, Maternal/Child Nurse Manager at LCMH. “These remarkable little angels continue to have a profound impact on our lives.”
The LCMH Perinatal Loss Committee is made up of maternal child caregivers, including Gina Demas, RN, Mary Grimm RN, Maternal/Child Nurse Manager, Mary Kay Burke, Certified Nurse Midwife, Cheryl Chemers, RN, Diane Sowa, RN, and Peg Schneider, Chaplain. This special group of people has dedicated their time and commitment to the Angel of Hope Statue and the Cherished Angel Garden, through events, such as annual remembrance services.
The committee has been raising funds for this special statue for over a decade. Finally, their dream was realized in May of 2015. Through the help of the Little Company of Mary Sisters, LCMH received their statue, which honors the legacy of cherished companions and LCM Sisters, who are dearly missed by our hospital community. An Angel of Hope statue is unique to LCMH, as it is the only hospital in the area to receive the honor of having such a famous statue on their grounds.
The Sisters of Little Company of Mary Hospital are open and welcoming to all who seek a place to peacefully pray and reflect. Ordinarily, the garden is open from May through October. LCMH’s Cherished Angel Garden is not only an important place for grieving parents and loved ones, but for the Sisters as well. Dedicated to Sr. Kathleen McIntyre, LCM, Sr. Jean Stickney, LCM, and Sr. Anna Kim, LCM, the statue provides the Sisters with a beautiful and serene place for prayer and reflection.
If you or someone you know is grieving the loss of a baby or child, Little Company of Mary’s Perinatal Committee encourages reflection at the Cherished Angel Garden, which is located in the east lawn of the Little Company of Mary’s Sisters Convent at 2801 West 93rd Street in Evergreen Park. If continued support would be valued, please feel free to call Mary Grimm, RN, Maternal/Child Nurse Manager at 708-229-5377.