Welcome Friends of the Angel

Friends of the Angel is a nonprofit volunteer group seeking to honor and remember loved ones no longer with us. Formed in 2007, we organize events around Maple Grove Arboretum’s Christmas Box Angel of Hope statue to provide healing, hope and fellowship to those who have experienced the death of a child at any age. Throughout the year, we plan gatherings to help create new memories while honoring old ones.

“The deepest sense of hope often springs from the hardest lessons in life. It is in the darkest skies that stars are best seen.” – Richard Paul Evans

Testimonials from WTR 2017

"Thanks for your hard work putting this event together"

"Thank you so much for doing this and the whole organization- it is such a blessing to have this special day to honor and remember our loved ones."

"Thanks for all you do, this is something my family really looks forward and such a great feeling to be surrounded by all the love and support of others who have also lost a loved one."

"So appreciate you guys putting this event on. Keeping the memories alive!"

Testimonials from WTR 2017

"[The Photo Remembrance Signs are] an important part of the Remembrance process. I noted every sign as I walked. It was reflective even if I didn't know the person. There was a human soul whose story was being shared. I liked being included."

"Thanks for all that you do!"

"I thought it was a lovely experience. This is the first year without our little one. Such a beautiful way to honor them and share with friends."

"I really enjoyed this event. I really believe it helps in the healing process of losing a child. Thank you for putting on this event."