Eliza Mae Brown was born peacefully sleeping on October 9, 2019. We were 38 weeks pregnant with a perfectly healthy baby girl. Eliza was born at 5:00 pm, weighing 7 pounds and 10 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. She was beautiful and everything we had been praying for and even more. That morning’s appointment was to schedule our delivery and check on my dilation. Instead, we were told that our precious princess had no heartbeat.
Words cannot explain the heartbreak. Words cannot describe the pain and confusion. You see, until you have lost a child, it is unimaginable even to grasp the what-if of that possibility. We want to share our story and honor our daughter by helping others in similar situations because that is exactly what was done for us.
God puts people in our lives for a reason, and there is no mistake about that! My husband works with Kennedy’s father (co-founder of Kennedy’s Angel Gowns). When Demitri heard of our tragedy, he and his wife immediately reached out to us. They drove all the way from Virginia Beach to Ahoskie, North Carolina, with only a last-minute notice to deliver the perfect gown for Eliza. When they arrived at our home late that evening, I knew from the minute I met them that they were genuine and passionate about their cause. Shortly after our warm introductions, I found out why as they shared their story with us.
It was heart-wrenching to hear someone explain their personal story that was similar to ours, yet at the same time a relief. Seeing they were still making it and actually doing something so positive with something so tragic was beautiful and uplifting to me. I knew right then and there that I had to do the same for Eliza.
I had to share my story and give back to try to help someone else, even if it was just one person. If you have a story (of infant loss), share it! You have no idea how much it might help someone else.
If you have only one dollar to give to this organization, give it because it might tremendously help another family just like ours! There is no amount too big or too small. Everything counts!
Kennedy’s Angel Gowns continues to reach out to us almost three weeks later with words of encouragement and information to help with the grieving process. I can only speak for myself when I say that this is the single hardest thing that I have ever endured. Some days I feel completely lost, but knowing that we might be helping other families, just like the Wilson’s helped us, sure does make it seem more tolerable.
Thank you again, Kennedy’s Angel Gowns. We will continue to support you in honor of Eliza, Kennedy, and all the other angels out there.
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