Turning wedding dresses into baby burial gowns, that's what the local chapter of "Little Angel Gowns" does to help grieving mothers deal with the greatest loss of their life.
Once a month a group gets together to sew angel gowns for babies that don't make it. "It's hard enough to lose a child. So taking away a small layer of that grief."
Melissa Moore knows firsthand the loss that mothers feel when they lose a baby. "Four years ago we lost a baby, and I had to go through the process of finding a gown for burial. And that was just a traumatic ordeal to have to go and search for a gown after having just lost an infant."
Three years ago, Moore helped bring "Little Angel Gowns" to Fort Wayne. A group of women turn wedding dresses into infant burial gowns.
"Feel like it's one thing I can do to help them. You can't do much. But if you can give them a beautiful gown to dress their baby in. To take some pictures." Barbara Kramer is a nurse and the lead seamstress for the group.
"It's a small thing that I can do to give back to these families in their time of grief." In the last three years, this Fort Wayne group has made around 450 gowns for hospitals in the area.
"We get our patterns from little angel gowns, our directions. They change the patterns over the years, as they've gotten feedback from funeral homes or hospitals. Saying this needs to be bigger or this a little smaller."
Each gown is donated to the family, and also comes with a heart made out of the same material, so parents have something to keep after the baby has been buried. "Feel like somebody out there knows what they are going through, and cares about them."
"They said they try not to dwell too much that these gowns are going to babies that have passed away. But that the gift they can give to the family."
So the group keeps helping families one Angel Gown at a time.
Right now, the group has plenty of wedding dresses to use for the gowns. So they do not need more wedding dresses donated at this time. But if you have sewing skills, they would love to have you volunteer your time. For more information click here.