I woke this morning and read this post. A sweet friend from our hometown who was married a few weeks ago, donated her wedding dress to http://www.nicuhelpinghands.org/angel-gowns/. This organization takes wedding dresses and transforms them into the tiniest gowns and suits for babies, who have been taken from their parents far to soon, to be used for final photos or for their burial. Kate moved me to tears when she mentioned that all the suits made from her dress would be done so in honor of our Koen. Our hospital did the best they could with a homemade hat and booties, that were too big. We had Koen buried in a newborn sleeper, which I know was far too big for his tiny 2 pound 13 ounces. I had no idea this existed, but now plan to donate my dress as well. This loss occurs far too often, one of Kevin's co-workers is at the hospital tonight delivering their baby who lost its heartbeat. Pray for them. Kate, your generosity will touch so many. Thank you.
Here is Kate's post:
Tonight, I said goodbye to my wedding dress. 17 days ago, my perfect, gorgeous dress transformed me into a bride! By the end of this week, my dress will be tornapart at the seams, cut into a million (okay maybe 20) pieces, and seamstresses will create several beautiful, tiny gowns and suits out of the gorgeous fabric! The gowns and suits are given (free of charge) to families experiencing stillbirth, neonatal death, and late term pregnancy loss. These beautiful gowns are typically used for final photos and burial services, and are crafted to fit even the tiniest of souls. While I wore that fabric on the happiest day of my life, and these families will put their child in that same fabric, on their very worst day, I hope the love placed by my heart, into that fabric, affirms the importance of the life of their child. I can think of no better use of a wedding dress…
Jackie and (another friend from our hometown who lost their daughter) I dedicated my dress in honor of your children. All suits will be made in honor of Koen, (and all gowns in honor of our friends precious girl).
I also wanted to share this story that brought me to tears and broke me heart. This could have been us. When I continued to bleed after Koen's delivery, I began to fear that something like this would happen. I am still here and I am so grateful. Pray for this dad who has lost both his wife and son.