Not a gravestone, but still a monument for the dead.
If you've ever read or seen The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans, this is the angel created because of that book. The angel statue referenced in the book did exist at one time, but is believed to have been destroyed.
In the book, the elderly woman visits her daughter's grave, which is marked by an angel. After the book was published, grieving parents were trying to find out where the statue was, hoping for the same connection with their children who had died.
So Richard Paul Evans commissioned this statue, the Angel of Hope, to be placed in the Salt Lake City Cemetery, dedicated to all parents who have lost a child.
The base of the statue is covered with stuffed animals and other toys and keepsakes. Around the angel's neck and hands are draped necklaces, mostly pieces that look like something a small child would treasure.
Every year, on Dec 6th (the date of the child's death in the Christmas Box), there is a candlelight healing ceremony held at the base of the statue.
This image is from my new photostory "The Boca Fire" — Hit the 🔗 in my bio to read it and check out the rest of the photos.
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The headstone you see here lives in the old Boca Cemetery, in which all the existing graves except for one belong to children — a common occurrence in the 1800s due to the high rate of childhood mortality. "The Boca Fire" is about the loss of a small town's history, which reveals a disturbing trend in the American West. #wildfire
Some shots from Thurber Cemetery, the last stop on our wedding road trip back in June. Easily one of my new favorites. A huge variety of grave markers, a pretty lil cow grazing, and signs throughout sharing interesting facts. There are a bunch more photos over on the blog if you’d like to see! ✨💀🐮 Link in bio!
I don't think the mower here is any too careful. Several of the older stones are knocked askew.
Mary Jane Brooks
Wife of Reuben Capes
Born Oct 21, 1867
Died May 12, 1892
Little Eva May
Can't help but wonder what happened. My guess is death in childbirth or shortly thereafter, especially as there's no date for Eva May's birth or death.