Christmas Box Angel Vigil
A vigil is held and the public is welcome to share this heartwarming experience. Participants walk to the angel statue, the pathway is flanked with luminaries, a candle light ceremony is held and participants walk back to the office caroling, then place an ornament of remembrance on the Christmas tree and enjoy refreshments.
December 6th corresponds with the date of the child’s death in the book The Christmas Box. Authored by Richard Paul Evans, the book was a world wide best seller and hit TV movie. The story is about a woman who mourns the loss of her child at the base of an angel monument. Though the story is mostly fiction the angel monument once existed but is speculated to have been destroyed. A new angel statue was commissioned by the author in response to grieving parents seeking out the angel as a place to grieve and heal. In 1994 Roselawn Cemetery was one of the first six cemeteries in the United States to have the angel statue erected on their grounds and its presence is an eternal remembrance of the many young lives who will never be forgotten.