To bring together bereaved families who have experienced the loss of a child, Grandview Cemetery is hosting its first Angel of Hope Vigil. The remembrance vigil will be held at the new Grandview Pavilion at Grandview Cemetery at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.

The Angel of Hope is a new statue within Grandview Cemetery that is part of a nationwide “Christmas Box Angel” program. The Christmas Box Angel program includes over 200 angel statues throughout the United States. Each location holds a service of remembrance on Dec. 6 each year.

The vigil will include music, a flower ceremony and a brief message of hope from Dr. Jason Troyer. Troyer is a former grief therapist and Maryville College psychology professor as well as the Director of Community Engagement for Grandview Cemetery and Smith Funeral & Cremation Service.

Admission is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP on Grandview Cemetery’s Facebook page or call 865-982-3730. The cemetery is located at 2304 Tuckaleechee Pike, Maryville.

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