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ANGEL: Memorial grows hope

May 14, 2013

Post & Mail photo / Christie Barkley
Pam Listenberger (left), and her parents, Shirley and Jim Bradley, plant flowers in the Angel of Hope Memorial Garden in memory of Karen Behm, Listenberger’s sister.

COLUMBIA CITY — Honoring the departed with something living — that’s what family members came out to do Saturday at the Angel of Hope Memorial Garden in Columbia City.

The garden is located in front of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home on Countryside Drive. However, it is maintained by Columbia City’s chapter of The Compassionate Friends.

After the death of their daughter, Betsy Jane, Ben and Betsy Gates founded the compassionate friends in 2001. Now the group works to support those who have lost family members with grief support and healing through group discussion and special events.

Sharon Brockhaus is the chapter’s leader and said annual flower planting in the Angel of Hope garden is a unique way for families to remember their lost loved ones.

“As we grow through our grief, so must every living thing around us,” Brockhaus said. “This is a chance for families to personalize a message for their child or loved one.”

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