Supporting our Orlando Community

Angel of Hope Pray for Orlando

The mission of the Angel of Hope of Central Florida is to offer comfort and hope to parents and families who have been touched by the death of a child. The loss of a child is the ultimate tragedy that no parent could ever be prepared for. As the names of the young adult victims of the Pulse shooting are listed, we know their parents are in shock, attempting to grasp the reality of having lost their child. Our thoughts of support go out to the parents and families impacted by this senseless act of violence.

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Sixth annual Forever in Hearts Remembrance Candlelight Ceremony

Angel of Hope CFL - October Ceremony

On Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 7pm at Sunshine Park, You are invited to our sixth Annual Angel of Hope of Central Florida Candlelight Vigil and Remembrance Ceremony to honor all children who have died, regardless of their age.

This is a time when all grieving parents can come together and be surrounded by love and support from their friends and families, a time where the community can learn to better understand their pain and how to reach out to those grieving. This would be a time to reflect on the loss yet embrace the love.

Free parking across from the park at Lake Orienta Elementary School (612 Newport Avenue, Altamonte Springs)

Flowers will be available to place at base of the Angel as the names of children are read aloud. Feel free to bring your own flowers or other mementos of your child.

Bring chairs or blankets to sit at the park and be advised there are no bathroom facilities at the park.

Arrive early to make a luminary in honor of your child.

Please RSVP and provide your child’s name to be read at cflangels@gmail.com or call us 407-260-9222

The Angel of Hope’s purpose is to promote healing for anyone who has been touched by the death of a child. Sunshine Park provides a peaceful environment for remembering, grieving, hope and healing.

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Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Ceremony

Angel of Hope Wave of Light

On October 15, 2015, we will be holding our annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Memorial Service.

A time when all grieving parents can come together and be surrounded by love and support from their friends and families, a time where the community can learn to better understand their pain and how to reach out to those grieving. This would be a time to reflect on the loss yet embrace the love. While our babies’ lives were so brief, they were also very meaningful. Yet, there was not a time to talk about them. Our society seemed to forget or perhaps, simply don’t know how to reach out.

Join us in remembering our babies at a candle lighting ceremony on October 15th @ 7pm at the Angel of Hope of Central Florida at  Sunshine Park, Altamonte Springs, FL

Parking is available at 612 Newport Avenue, Altamonte Springs

If you would like your babies name read and honored during the ceremony please email us  cflangels@gmail.com their name (with phonetic spelling of the name if necessary) at and or contact us at (407) 260-9222

Please bring chair since there is limited seating at the park.

Please note there are no restrooms at Sunshine Park.

Donations gratefully accepted at the ceremony.

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Fifth Annual Forever in our Hearts Remembrance Candlelight Ceremony

Angel of Hope Dec 6th

On December 6, 2014 at Sunshine Park, You are invited to our Fifth Annual Angel of Hope of Central Florida Candlelight Vigil and Remembrance Ceremony to honor all children who have died, regardless of their age.

This is a time when all grieving parents can come together and be surrounded by love and support from their friends and families, a time where the community can learn to better understand their pain and how to reach out to those grieving. This would be a time to reflect on the loss yet embrace the love.

Free parking across from the park at Lake Orienta Elementary School (612 Newport Avenue, Altamonte Springs)

Flowers will be available to place at base of the Angel as the names of children are read aloud. Feel Free to bring your own flowers or other mementos of your child.

Bring chairs or blankets to sit at the park and be advised there are no bathroom facilities at the park.

Arrive early to make a luminary in honor of your child.

Please RSVP and provide your child’s name to be read at cflangels@gmail.com or call us 407-260-9222

The Angel of Hope’s purpose is to promote healing for anyone who has been touched by the death of a child. Sunshine Park provides a peaceful environment for remembering, grieving, hope and healing.

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As We Remember Them

In the rising of the sun and in it’s going down,

we remember them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of the winter,

we remember them.

In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,

we remember them.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer,

we remember them

In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,

we remember them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,

we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,

we remember them.

When we are lost or sick at heart,

we remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share,

we remember them.

When we have decisions too difficult to make,

we remember them.

When we have achievements that are based on them,

we remember them.

So for as long as we live, they too shall live…

For they are now a part of us,

as we remember them.

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I wish

I wish Angel of Hope

I wish you wouldn’t try to comfort me by saying something to try to make me be OK with my child’s death. I am more comforted when you acknowledge how sad it is.

I wish you wouldn’t feel so uncomfortable when I mention my child’s name. I also wish you would not be afraid to speak my child’s name. My child lived and it brings me comfort to hear their name.

I wish you wouldn’t think that when we talk about my child, if I cry or get emotional that you have hurt me. The fact that my child has died is causing my tears. You have allowed me to cry and share my sadness with you and I am grateful because you are helping me to heal.

I wish you would accept that I will have emotional highs and lows. Please don’t think that if I have a good day my grieving is over, or if I have a bad day I need counseling or medication.

I wish you knew that the death of a child is different from other losses and must be viewed as the unique loss that it is. It is the ultimate tragedy and I wish you wouldn’t compare it to the loss of a parent, spouse or pet.

I wish you wouldn’t shy away from me. I feel alone enough missing my child, I feel more alone missing you also. And it makes me wonder if you think being a bereaved parent is contagious.

I wish you knew that all the crazy grief reactions I am having are, in fact, normal. Depression, anger, frustration, guilt, and the questioning of values and beliefs are all a part of grieving the death of a child.

I wish you wouldn’t expect my grieving to be over in a few months. The first few years are going to be exceedingly traumatic and difficult for me.

I wish you would accept that like an alcoholic, I will never be “cured” or a “former bereaved parent”. I will forever be a “grieving parent”.

I wish you wouldn’t measure my partner’s grief against mine. We’re trying to understand the differences in how we’re grieving. You can help by caring for us both equally at this time of need.

I wish you would understand the physical reactions to grief. I may gain or lose weight, sleep all the time or not at all, be absent minded, develop a host of illnesses, be accident prone, sigh all the time, and over react to almost everything; all of which are related to my grieving.

I wish you would tell me if you are thinking of my child on their birthday, the anniversary of their death, or any special day. Be assured I will be thinking of them. Special days will be more difficult for me than other times. So if I get quiet and withdrawn know that I am thinking about my child and missing them terribly.

I wish you wouldn’t expect me to get back to my “old self”, and be the same person I was before my child died. I can’t be that person again, I am now different. But I hope you can accept how I’ve changed, because then you may find that you like the “new me”.

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A Wave of Light – Pregnancy & Infant Loss Memorial Service

Wave of light AOH

On October 15th, we will be holding our annual Pregnancy and Infant Loss Memorial Service.

A time when all grieving parents can come together and be surrounded by love and support from their friends and families, a time where the community can learn to better understand their pain and how to reach out to those grieving. This would be a time to reflect on the loss yet embrace the love. While our babies’ lives were so brief, they were also very meaningful. Yet, there was not a time to talk about them. Our society seemed to forget or perhaps, simply don’t know how to reach out.

Join us in Remembering at a Candle Lighting Ceremony on October 15th @ 7pm

Ceremony Location: Sunshine Park, Altamonte Springs

Parking at 612 Newport Avenue, Altamonte Springs

Please RSVP: cflangels@gmail.com, or (407) 260-9222

Donations gratefully accepted at the ceremony.

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