NEA Baptist holds Angel of Hope vigil

NEA Baptist holds Angel of Hope vigil
NEA Baptist holds memorial vigil for children who have passed away (Source: Chase Davis)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The NEA Baptist Center for Good Grief and NEA Share Hope held their 10th annual Angel of Hope Candlelight Vigil in the hospital’s prayer garden Saturday night.

Annie Thompson, one of the organizers of the program, lost several children during pregnancies. According to a Facebook post about the event, it is held each year to honor the memories of children who have died, regardless of age or reason.

Helping put on this program helps her in remembering her children, Thompson said.

“Something about hearing your child’s name," Thompson said. "I think that there is healing in hearing their name being able to say it out loud, being able to remember them, and being with other families that have been in your shoes. So for me, as the program manager, it’s really special but also me, as a mom, is really special.”

Attendees laid their candles and flowers in remembrance at the Angel of Hope statue, which was based on a statue in a story by Richard Paul Evans.

In the book, a woman loses her daughter and grieves at the statue.

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