This month is not only Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but also Infant and Pregnancy Loss awareness month. In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Statistics show that approximately 15% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage or still birth.
When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses his or her partner, they are called the widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them… This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience around the world. October 15, is dedicated to all grieving parents that can come together and be surrounded by love and support from family and friends. A day where the community can better understand their pain and learn how to reach out to those who are grieving.
I found an amazing organization called Angel Gowns for Babies Gone Too Soon. This organization takes wedding gowns, prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and turns them in to burial gowns and blankets for babies so no baby is buried naked. I happen to have a beautiful wedding gown from when I was married. The gown has no sentimental meaning and am so happy and proud to donate it! It will make several beautiful burial gowns for those little ones. With it being Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month, donating your gown could be a great way to honor yourself, a loved one, or a friend.
If you have a gown that you would like to donate, it can be sent to:
Angel Gowns for Babies Gone Too Soon
P.O. Box 204
Calamus, IA 52729
I hope this inspires you to go into your closet and send this organization your unused dresses! I don’t have many pictures of my dress anymore, but am excited to see the gowns that are created from it!