Sunday, June 5, 2011

Angel of Hope

For Ellie's 1st Birthday, Dave's co-worker and his wife purchased a brick at a local arboretum in her memory. The brick lays amongst others at the base of a statue called the Angel of Hope. It's been a long time since I've read the book, but the Angels originated from a book called "The Christmas Box." The statues are a place for parents and families to go and remember their lost children. Today, all the new bricks were dedicated during a short ceremony. Her brick was put in several weeks ago, but it's a good 40 min drive away so we hadn't been until today.
There were many other families there and to my great irritation, several little girls- 9- 18 months, complete with hair bows and dresses. Many of the other mother's were crying and obviously upset. But I only teared up once. It's weird, but I didn't really feel like we belonged there. Yes, my daughter is dead. And yes, that is her name on the stone. But I didn't feel a part of that group today. Denial? Certainly...
Denial or not, it was nice to have Ellie memorialized in such a permanent way. The brick was such a thoughtful and caring gift.


 As each child's name was called, their family placed a white carnation at on their brick. Ellie's says, "Little Peanut. Forever Loved."

5 comments:

Deanna said...

beautiful, Tiffany!! so glad you were able to take part of this, and that someone was so generous to think of Ellie and give you this gift!

New Year Mum said...

Such a lovely gift for her birthday... must have been so hard to go. Love to you always xoxo

ASHLEY ELDER said...

Sorry I haven't left any comments, for some reason google wasn't letting me...

What a WONDERFUL memorial to remember her! Beautiful pictures!!

ccc said...

Nobody wants to be part of a group that they didn't sign up for.
The memorial looks nice. I find it helps to see their name engraved, to keep remembering them by, that they were here once with us and loved.
Take care.

Natasha said...

Such a great birthday gift!!! So glad Ellie is always going to be remembered there :)

Sending lots of love my friend
xoxo

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