The Preemie Project Bereavement Division recognizes that the loss of a child is a profoundly sad experience. We seek to provide solace to families who are grieving a loss by providing bereavement remembrance items.

Items We Provide

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Christening Gowns from Wedding Dresses

NEEDED:Experienced and creative sewers who would like to turn donated wedding dresses into Christening/Baptism/Bereavement outfits. If interested in sewing or donating a wedding gown, please email our . Light to medium weight wedding gowns are best. If gown is soiled, it should be cleaned before shipping to the seamstress.

Bereavement Crafting Guidelines

Bereavement Garments


Yarn/Fabric Choices

Other Guidelines

Sizing a Gown or Sleeper

When sizing a gown or sleeper, please refer to our Measurements Guide. Measure the chest first, because the chest measurement places the gown in the correct size range (ie. 1-3lb, 3-5lb, etc). Once you have the correct size range, check that the sleeve length and garment length are also within that size range. A bit longer is always better than too short.

Bereavement/Christening Blankets

White blankets are needed for NICU christenings and baptisms. They should be 20 to 40 square inches. Light weight yarn (DK weight or lighter) is preferred.

Miscarriage Blankets

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Women's Health Center requests knit and crochet blankets to be given as miscarriage mementos. These should be square, no smaller than 8in x 8in and no larger than 10in x 10in. Use light weight yarn (DK weight or lighter) and gender neutral colors (white, cream, pale yellow, pale green).

Memento Bracelets

Less than 1lb and 1-3lb should be made with smaller beads and gender neutral colors (white, pale yellow, pale green). 3-5lb, 6-8lb and 9-11lb may be white, or soft pastel shades. More boy colors are always needed. Do not use bright or dark colors.


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