Angel Gowns Singapore transform preloved wedding dresses into beautiful handcrafted baby angel gowns to help grieving parents who are suffering from infant loss
No parent should ever have to suffer the anguish of having to bury their own child, and it is especially heartbreaking if they have suffered an infant loss.
During this emotionally distressing time, the last thing on grieving parents’ minds would be to look for a burial outfit for their precious little one.
So by hand crafting beautiful little angel gowns that have been repurposed from preloved wedding dresses, Angel Gowns Singapore hope to offer some comfort to bereaved families who have lost their babies due to miscarriage, stillbirth or other complications.
Support for grieving families in Singapore
When Andrea Toh, mother of four, left her fulltime job to become a Work At Home Mother who runs her own software business, this gave her more flexibility to balance her career, family and voluntary work.
So when someone shared a website about angel gowns in The Sewing Network, a local sewing group she was a part of, and asked whether they were available in Singapore, Andrea thought it was a very meaningful cause and made a few calls through friends and got in touch with KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH).
“I asked if they would be interested in a cause like this and they were just as excited as I was about the idea and agreed to join us and be the first hospital to receive these gowns”, she tells us.
After getting a good response from other members of The Sewing Network, they all came together in August to form the Angel Gowns Singapore group with the mission to create lovingly beautifully handcrafted angel gowns from pre-owned wedding gowns, for babies who sadly do not make it home from the hospital.
“Although we live in an affluent society, it remains inevitable that lives are lost due to complications and unforeseen circumstances. Regardless of the period in gestation, a baby’s life is celebrated by a Mother and Father upon conception. When this life is lost, the family is overwhelmed by grief and devastation”, Andrea explains.
She also understands that it is probably heart breaking for the bereaved family to have to go shopping for a baby outfit their little one will be wearing on the day they say their final goodbye — and often, retail clothing may not be the right fit for the tiny bodies of babies born prematurely.
“Angel Gowns Singapore is here to provide support for these families, to let them know that there is someone out there who cares that a little life was lost. Although these lives have not set foot on earth, they have already left foot prints in our hearts”, she says.
Hand crafted gowns for angel babies
Formed in August 2016, Angel Gowns Singapore hold meet ups with some of their volunteer sewists on the third Wednesday of every month.
During these meet ups, they will guide the volunteers on how to sew the gowns so that they can bring it back with them to be completed at home.
Andrea shares with us that, “They have all brought back a gown each and the angel gowns are so pretty — looking at them makes you happy and sad at the same time. We are glad the wedding gowns have been re-purposed but at the same time we hope the angel gowns are not used up so quickly.
Some of the donated wedding gowns also come from women who have suffered a miscarriage or an infant loss themselves, so they feel a deep connection to this cause.
They even have a volunteer sewist who had lost her 21-year-old daughter about a month ago and although she has a sewing machine at home, she prefers to individually hand sew the angel gowns, as this takes her longer to complete them and so it helps to occupy her mind.
After all the angel gowns have been made, they will then get packed and donated to hospitals in Singapore.
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