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COLUMBIA CITY â Honoring the departed with something living â thatâs 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 Cityâs 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 chapterâs leader and said annual flower planting in the Angel of Hope garden is a unique way for families to remember their lost loved ones.
âAs we grow through our grief, so must every living thing around us,â Brockhaus said. âThis is a chance for families to personalize a message for their child or loved one.â
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