Angel Gowns help comfort grieving families

From left, are Kathy Chupp, Bobbie Brown, Robert Monaghan, Director of Maternal Child Health & PSSU, and Renee’ Morris.  (Submitted photo)

SEAFORD — Through the Angel Gown Program, beautiful dresses, once worn at weddings are now being transformed into bereavement gowns for babies who never make it home from the hospital.

Bobbie Brown, of Felton, originally planned on saving her wedding dress for her daughter, but her daughter passed away at 6-years old. After she lost her daughter, Bobbie felt it was important for her to now take that beloved wedding gown and make an emotional contribution for others.

Ms. Brown reached out online to donate her dress and fortunately Nanticoke’s very own, Kathy Chupp, a nurse in our Day Surgery Unit, decided to volunteer her sewing skills to make 17 beautiful angel gowns from Bobbie’s wedding dress. Ms. Brown donated some of those gowns to Nanticoke Health Services.

Ms. Chupp was contacted through social media by close friends that knew about her involvement with Mary Madeline project, a nonprofit organization that makes angel gowns out of formal wear to be used for bereavement gowns for babies.

“People donate gowns to me for the cause and I sew outfits to send to Omaha, Nebraska, to be packaged with hats, booties, and blankets for gifts to hospitals around the country for those in unexpected need,” Ms. Chupp said. “It was a privilege to help Bobbie with this project to honor her daughter and the legacy she has left with all who knew her.”

The Angel Gown Program provides comfort and support for grieving families through the gift of a custom-made gown for final photos and burial services. The gown is a symbol of love, hope and eternity, whether it’s worn by brides at the beginning of her married life or beautiful babies at the end of theirs. All of the gowns are handmade by volunteers typically from donated dresses, often given by people whom have experienced the loss of their own children.

The Angel Gown Program accepts monetary donations, as well as wedding gown donations throughout the calendar year. To learn more about helping a family today, visit A selfless act of love and kindness starts with a wedding dress.

Nanticoke would like to thank Bobbie Brown for her beautiful gesture and Kathy Chupp for volunteering her services. Their dedication to Nanticoke’s mission to positively impact our communities is amazing. To learn how you can make a difference, visit

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