We recently stumbled across this website while doing some work with our friends over at Biker City Guide. We were of course saddened at first, but soon realized what an amazing thing this group is doing, offering comfort at a parents most devastating experience, the comfort of a beautiful burial outfit to lay their sweet angel to rest. Little Angel Gowns is a charitable organization that transforms donated wedding gowns into beautiful infant burial attire. Almost everyone knows someone who has suffered the loss of a baby or perhaps even endured this pain themselves.
Founded in Indianapolis four years ago by Marie Murphy, a career NICU nurse, who observed firsthand a very sad need – appropriate burial garments for infants who do not survive. The devastating loss of their baby was compounded with the realization that no suitable garments were available for their precious child’s final journey. Following research and consultations, simple designs were adapted to address the specific challenges and requirements of medical and burial professionals. By transforming donated wedding gowns, beautiful yet practical burial gowns and infant pockets for the tiniest babies, were created to fill the need. Through a network of dedicated volunteer seamstresses across the United States ‘Dream gowns…become Angel Gowns.’
This is the part that we like best; these beautiful little garments are provided as a gift to the grieving family. There is never a charge! Little Angel Gowns are suitable for infants from one pound to approximately 13 pounds. For infants, too small for a gown, they offer a specially designed pocket that best accommodates their size. they have available gowns for girls, unisex, and small boys; a modified tuxedo design is available for boys three pounds to 13 pounds. Also available are matching or compatible outfits for multiple births. Each gift is individually packaged and includes a matching cap and keepsake heart memento for the parents.
Yea, we know this is heart breaking, but simply amazing at the same time. To date they have provided over 6,000 angel gowns to over 200 hospitals and funeral centers in 34 states. They can also provide burial gowns to individuals who contact them direct and offer overnight shipping.