Yvonne Trimble recently posted on Facebook a story about her wedding dress. After realizing she will never wear it again, she wanted to do something worthwhile with it, so she donated it to an organization that repurposes wedding gowns into burial outfits for babies.
“Deciding in May 2015 that I would never wear my wedding dress again, I sent it to a charity that turns donated dresses into little gowns for babies who are stillborn or who die shortly after birth.
Yesterday they sent me pictures of what they had made with my dress and a mix of emotions swept over me when I received them; pride that I’d done something good, sadness that it’s necessary for these gowns to have to be made, relief that I’ve never known this heartbreak, and a sense of thankfulness that volunteers around the country give up their time to produce such comforting garments.
I post these pictures not to shout my worth, but to advertise the charity that does this wonderful work; they need volunteers to knit, sew, crochet and they need donations of all manner of stuff, not just dresses, so if you care to look at their website it may be that more little souls will be helped.
Yvonne’s post quickly went viral. She was overwhelmed with the response and happy to have brought attention to organizations like Cherished Gowns. She had no idea this would receive such attention. Yvonne wanted to thank everyone for sharing her post.
“It’s all been a bit overwhelming – I seem to have spent most of today … crying as I read the beautiful messages sent to my inbox.
It’s been very emotional as people have shared their tales of losing babies with me, but everyone has been so grateful for the attention this issue now has. There’s not much I can say apart from thank you, thank you, thank you – none of this would have happened without you all sharing.
Thank you for taking the time and for helping to make a dreadful period for bereaved families just a little better.
I leave you with an excerpt from one of the messages I’ve received as I couldn’t put it any better than this: ‘So from the bottom of my heart thank you for giving us mums some relief in the knowledge that our angel babies are forever wrapped in love.’”
There are organizations in the United States that help these grieving families as well. As you can see in the video below, a group in Alabama assists these families by accepting wedding dresses and recreating them for these lost babies.
Share this beautiful story with your loved ones.