An organization called the Angel Gowns Project turns old wedding dresses into beautiful burial dresses for babies who have passed away in the neonatal intensive care unit. The NICU is a special hospital for premature babies and children with life-threatening medical conditions. The Angel Gowns Project’s goal is to give these families practical support during their time of need.
Angel Gowns of WNY was founded by Missy Ray to provide comfort and peace to families who have lost their baby. The non-profit organization is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The clothing is donated to hospitals, birthing centers, and funeral homes. Each gown is designed to honor the life of the baby who has passed away.
Angel gowns are used by grieving parents in hospitals as a means of comfort and support. One mom, Justine Deslauriers, lost her baby at 20 weeks of pregnancy and the angel gown helped her get through her hospital stay. Her angel gown brought her peace and comfort. In addition to the comfort they provide, they also make it possible for her to take photos of her newborn.
The Angel Gowns Project is made up of volunteers. The goal of the organization is to help women find healing, and rebuild their lives. Those who participate in the program receive a sense of purpose and empowerment. The project has helped many women and families find purpose and strength in their lives. Its mission is to give these women and their families the ability to make a difference in their lives.
Although pregnancy and infant loss have long been taboo subjects, organizations that create angel gowns and wraps are a vital part of the healing process. These organizations not only help families in their darkest days, but also help raise awareness for such a tragic event. In 2012, Neal started the organization to provide support to bereaved parents. After losing her daughter at 17 weeks, she began to focus on this project to raise awareness and remove the secrecy around infant loss.