Women transform wedding gowns into burial dresses for babies

File photo (Carl Court/Getty Images)
File photo (Carl Court/Getty Images)

It's called Caring Hands for Angels.

Mothers, former nurses, seamstresses and social workers are taking apart wedding gowns that could be forgotten in the back of a closet and making burial garments and buntings for babies who tragically die shortly after birth at Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

The burial clothes are donated to the nurses at UR Medicine to be given to families of babies who pass away.

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The program was started in March 2014 and has made more than 80 of the gowns over the past two years.

Some of the babies are buried in the clothing, others are kept by the parents as a remembrance of a baby who was taken too soon, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

In addition to the gown, romper or bunting, the family also receives a handmade bonnet and blanket.

If you are interested in helping, you can email caringhandsforangels@gmail.com or go to caringhandsforangels.com.

There are also other groups across the country.

One is the Angel Gown program. More than 700 seamstresses work to make gowns into burial clothing for babies.

Another, the Mary Madeline Project, has had such an influx of gown donations, they don't have enough seamstresses right now.