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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.
In the News
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Kennedy’s Angel Gowns
Awareness months highlight pregnancy and infant loss — EVMS Pulse, October 5, 2021
Eliza Mae Day fundraiser — The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, October 14, 2020
Infant Loss; Asian Pacific Islander Community; Food Trends | Season 30 | Episode 2 — Virginia Currents, October 22, 2020
Breaking the silence on stillbirth: This couple’s grief transitioned to helping others deal with the pain — WYDaily, October 29, 2018
Kennedy’s Angel Gowns hosts annual ‘Angel Ball’ — 13NewsNow, April 23, 2018
Wonderfully made — The Suffolk News-Herald, March 26, 2019
Kennedy’s Angel Gowns Helps Heal Bereaved Families — Coastal Virginia Magazine, September 8, 2017
After stillborn baby, couple starts burial gowns nonprofit — The News & Advance, July 9, 2017
Black Maternal Health
White House Maternal Health Day of Action (Panelist) — The White House, December 7, 2021
Vice President Harris Hosts a White House Roundtable on Black Women’s Maternal Health — The White House, April 13, 2021
Kamala Harris Marks Black Maternal Health Week at White House — NYTimes, April 13, 2021
Counting Kindness – CuddleCots — WAVY.com, February 10, 2018
Va. couple donate ‘cuddle cot’ to Sentara Albemarle — The Daily Advance, December 24, 2018
Couple donates machines so grieving parents can spend more time with their stillborn children — WTKR, February 2, 2018
Va. couple donates ‘Cuddle Cots’ for grieving parents of stillborn babies — WSET, February 3, 2018
Nonprofit donates cots to preserve stillborn babies — 13NewsNow (AP), February 13, 2018
Hampton Roads’ first “Cuddle Cots” allow stillborn babies to remain by grieving families’ bedside — February 2, 2018
Founders of nonprofit for grieving parents donate another ‘Cuddle Cot’ to local hospital — WTKR, November 20, 2018
In memory of Eliza Mae — The Roanoke-Chown News-Herald, March 10, 2020
7th Annual Giving Back Awards: Coastal Virginia’s Top Nonprofits — Coastal Virginia Magazine, November 19, 2018
Heather Wilson, founder, executive director of Kennedy’s Angel Gowns | 2019 Top 40 Under 40 — Inside Business, PilotOnline, October 17, 2019
Millennials on the Move: Heather Wilson — CoVaBizMag, June 4, 2019
Heather and Demitri Wilson | Health Care Heroes — Inside Business, PilotOnline, March 16, 2020
Hampton Roads Gazeti Exemplar Award (no links online)
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