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Four State Woman and Her Mother Aid Grieving Families


Beth Bradshaw is a woman on a mission.

Bradshaw and her mother lead a group of seamstresses making "Angel Gowns" for families who have lost a newborn child.

The gowns will be used for final photos and burial services.

"Being able to make something tangible to give someone to help them through one of the darkest times of their life, if I can help then i'm sure gonna do it," says Bradshaw.

"They have a lot of decisions to make that they never expected to have to make. Ever," says Ruthellen Simpson, Bradshaw's mother, "It's just one less thing they have to worry about."

They start with donated wedding dresses.

They take them apart seam by seam, to create about ten angel gowns from each.

"It really means a lot," says Bradshaw, "Especially knowing how much these people paid for the dresses, how much they mean to them, it can be really hard for some people. But people are always stepping up. It's fantastic."

When the gowns are complete, they are shipped to "Helping Hands" in Fort Worth, Texas, and then to hospitals where they are needed.

But it's not just the gown that the families receive.

"They put them in a white box with tissue paper, they give them a pen, a poem. And then also bereavement counseling services that are available to them. Because they realize that it's just not a one day kind of thing for a family that loses a child, it's an ongoing process," says Bradshaw.

Both Bradshaw and Simpson say they don't do it for the recognition, but to let grieving families to know that someone is thinking about them.

"This is not about us," Simpson says, "This is about the families that we're helping. Every stitch we take is about them."

"I just hope that the families that receive these know that someone out there loves them," Bradshaw says, "The angel gown was made with love, and that people are there. People they don't even know care about them."
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