Woman takes wedding dresses and turns them into burial outfits for stillborn, miscarried babies
COTTAGE GROVE, Wis — There’s something beautiful about life and death. For Anny Schepp, it’s what propels her to keep moving forward.
“They say, ‘I’ll never get to see my daughter go to prom, her wedding’. Well I can make that happen in a sense,” she said.
Schepp makes it so that death is not the end.
“I look at a gown and I think about what I can use from it,” she said.
She makes what are called angel gowns.
She takes donated wedding dresses and turns them into burial outfits for children who die by miscarriage, stillbirth, or any other reason. While she helps others deal with loss, her whole motive behind what she does was to help her deal with her own loss.
Schepp’s daughter Pamela died of a sudden brain aneurysm on July 15, 2011.
“Seven years for me and some days it feels just like yesterday. It takes a long time, but you can not always feel like you’re having a heart attack from the anxiety of it,” Schepp said.
Making angel gowns is how she is able to cope, years later.
“She motivates me even in her afterlife. I do feel her quite often,” Schepp said.
With more than 100 gowns made to this day, and with every stitch and sew, this is Schepp’s new love to honor Pam’s memory.
Those who receive the gowns say what Schepp does gives grieving families something valuable to hold on to.
“I can’t thank them enough for the gift they shared with us. It truly meant everything. It was one of the most difficult things we’ve ever experienced and they just made it that much better knowing we weren’t alone” said Betty Erickson, who received an angel gown.
Erickson’s granddaughter, Victoria, died of SIDS two years ago.
“It meant everything because she is an angel now and the gown was absolutely beautiful,” Erickson said. Knowing that maybe when she crossed over, maybe her daughter recognized her gown and maybe she will hold my baby for me now.”
For more information on Schepp’s angel gowns, you can contact her on Facebook.
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