May 06, 2016
The TEARS Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to compassionately assist newly bereaved parents with the emotional and financial expenses they face in making final arrangements for their precious baby who has died. The NJ Chapter of the TEARS Foundation was started by several parents from New Jersey who have themselves experienced a loss of a baby, and funds raised in NJ designated to families in NJ. Since its inception, TEARS has grown into a relied upon resource in our community and has helped thousands of bereaved families. TEARS continues to be valuable resource to offer financial and emotional support programs to families after the death of a baby. TEARS works closely with all area hospitals, funeral homes, medical examiners, and emergency medical personnel who rely on its programs as a referral for the families they encounter.
Not only does TEARS offer to assist needy, bereaved families with the initial financial expenses they are faced with when planning a funeral for their baby, but TEARS also follows up with each and every family to offer them ongoing emotional support programs. TEARS walks alongside the bereaved families in an effort to help them to heal and understand their grief. Our emotional support programs include support groups, Peer Companions, “Angel Clubhouse” sibling support for children, and remembrance gatherings throughout the year
Stillbirth and infant deaths in NJ State are not decreasing. There are over 1,300 babies who die in NJ State every year (stillborn up to one year old). The parents of these precious babies are now faced with a decision: cremation or burial of their little one. One dad said, “The one thing that made this horrible situation worse, was that we did not have the money to bury our baby girl. It was the ultimate slap in the face, in our time of despair.”
The NJ Chapter of The Tears Foundation helped over 300 families in NJ State with financial assistance for their baby’s funeral expenses through TEARS. And thousands of others turn to The TEARS Foundation for ongoing emotional support. TEARS has never turned one of these families in need away.
The New Jersey TEARS Center for Pregnancy & Infant Loss is located in Wall, NJ, The Center is a place where people can come to talk about their babies, obtain reading materials and other resources, and receive emotional support.
Come out and show your support at The NJ TEARS Rock & Walk at the Bradley Beach boardwalk on Sunday, May 22nd at 9:30 AM. This family-friendly event helps raise funds for bereaved families, help us break the silence surrounded pregnancy and infant loss. There will be entertainment, refreshments, gift auction and plenty to do for the whole family to register visit thetearsfoundation.org/NewJerseyWalk Walk up registration will also be open at 9:30am on the day of the walk.