Angel Gowns

Angel Gowns are a gift of love and compassion from both a bride and a seamstress to honor a baby who has been born too early or still, and to give comfort to the distraught family. Knowing that these little sweeties take their last journey in a beautifully and lovingly sewn gown brings peace and comfort. When I saw the little masterpieces, it was clear to me that only a special person can offer such a gift. It requires talent as a seamstress and designer as well as a heart filled with love, compassion, empathy, and a deep desire to help others. These beautiful custom gowns are used for burial services and final photos, and the comfort this gift offers to the bereaved families cannot be measured.

It all starts with a wedding gown, symbolizing love and the passage from singlehood to partnership. Little girls dream about the day, see themselves walking down the aisle on the arm of their father knowing that they are beautiful and loved. When the day comes at last, the dress represents the fulfillment of those aspirations and the bride sees herself as a queen in the mirror, remembering the dreams of her younger years and the life she will have with her Prince Charming. After the wedding celebration, the dress is packed away for future brides or just for the memories, and although the wedding day will always be cherished, the gown may soon be forgotten. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By donating the wedding gown to a seamstress sewing Angel Gowns, the wedding gown takes on a new life, a new purpose and represents love and caring and each gown brings beauty to the babies’ last journey.

It takes a special person to donate their talent and time to sew such endearing gowns. I was fortunate to recently meet just such a lady. She touched me so deeply that I decided to write about her and this wonderful program. Connie is a true angel, who likes to give but prefers to stay in the background. I watched her stitching together some tiny gowns, and every seam is perfect and done with love. She told me that the seams must be smooth so they cannot chafe the delicate skin of the baby, and the garment must be perfect and beautiful. She uses the whole wedding gown, fabric, embellishments, and even the veil. The results are spectacular. In case a little baby is not buried but cremated, she also sews small pouches to hold the ashes. And, as a final touch she affixes a special angel wing to each gown and pouch.

It not only requires considerable talent to transform a wedding gown into magnificent angel gowns, but also the desire to give and to make a difference in someone’s life. And what better way to honor a little baby whose life ended so prematurely and to give comfort to the parents. It is a true gift of love and compassion. When some angel gowns and pouches are finished, Connie drops them off to a hospital
where the grieving parents or caring nurses will choose the best gown or pouch for the little angel.

Connie is a special lady, and there are other Angel seamstresses throughout the country. Words cannot express the awe I felt when I saw these tiny angel gowns. My heart and soul were touched, and I feel blessed knowing Connie. My life is better because of her.

Silvia Coggin, CPC
Author and Founder of NotJustCooking.com

 

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11 Responses to “Angel Gowns”

  1. Bob Oro

    Sylvia,
    Amazing story about an amazing woman shared by a special person!
    What a wonderful way to show compassion and unity in the “circle of life.”
    Enjoy the Journey
    Bob and Debbie

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    • Silvia Coggin

      Thanks for your wonderful words and appreciation. I love to believe in the good of people.
      Enjoy your day.
      Silvia

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  2. Karen Lange

    Congratulations on this wonderful ministry Connie. So blessed to know you are doing a fantastic work in the SW

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    • Silvia Coggin

      Thank you so much for your kind comment.
      Enjoy your day.
      Silvia

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    • Connie

      Thank you, Karen. I carry on the ministry thanks to your generosity in sharing with me.

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  3. Nancy Thorsen

    Thanks for sharing this heart warming story. What a true gift of love and generosity.

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    • Silvia Coggin

      Thanks, Nancy. Connie is a truly special lady and the difference she makes is unmeasurable.

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  4. Katharine Vuille

    Absolutely love this story Silvia!! What a wonderful and compassionate talent. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Silvia Coggin

      I fell blessed when I meet such a giving person with such a generous soul. Thanks for your kind words.

      Reply
  5. Dee Powers

    I’ve been wondering what to do with my wedding dress as it has been packed away for almost 30 years. I never had any children of my own to pass it down to, and I’m certain my nieces will believe it is outdated! Thanks for this wonderful story, Silvia.

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    • Silvia Coggin

      I think it is a great way do make a difference. You might find a seamstress close to you. Hope you are well and miss you.

      Reply

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