I didn’t think I’d survive this tragedy and feeling of emptiness, but through Kennedy’s Angel Gowns I’ve discovered life again and it has truly helped my healing process.
Heather Wilson, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Executive Director and Founder
Heather Wilson is a bereaved mother who works with parents faced with pregnancy and infant loss as Executive Director and Founder of Kennedy's Angel Gowns. This non-profit organization provides infant burial garments and resources to families and local hospitals.
Heather believes every bereaved family deserves the gift of time when faced with this tragic loss. Hospitals need a cooling device that preserves an infant, which allows this precious time for a family to grieve. Heather has secured the first-ever Butterfly Suite in Virginia, a dedicated bereaved space equipped with a Caring Cradle™, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Heather is a Certified Bereavement Doula and recipient of Virginia's Top 40 Under 40, Millennial on the Move, Ladies in Red Exceptional Women Award, Hampton Roads Gazeti Exemplar Award, Health Care Hero, and LegaZ Honoree. Recently, her advocacy has brought her to the White House to speak at the Black Maternal Health Crisis Roundtable led by Vice President, Kamala Harris. Kennedy's Angel Gowns has appeared on local news networks and VPS/PBS.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from American International and a Masters of Arts in Urban Community Counseling from Norfolk State University. Heather is an Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University, soon to be a Licensed Professional Counselor, wife to Demitri, and mother to “angel baby” Kennedy, “rainbow baby” Ryleigh, and “sunshine baby” Demitri, Jr.