Tears Foundation

Assistance Offered By TEARS

If you have found this site because you have just lost a child, our hearts go out to you. The TEARS Foundation offers free support groups for bereaved families who have experienced the death of their baby. We also have trained "Peer Companions" available to talk over the phone or meet with you. A Peer Companion is a bereaved parent or family member who has also lost a baby, has at least 2 years through their grief process, and has completed the TEARS training. To be connected with a Peer Companion, please fill out this form or contact our office at 253-200-0944, office@thetearsfoundation.org. To find a listing of support groups in your area, please click here.

Funeral Assistance Programs

The TEARS Foundation pays for current infant and unexpected child funeral expenses, and is not able to help with past bills and assists with costs related to the cremation or burial of an infant or child up to age 12. For a list of approved providers, click here. If the funeral home that you are interested in using is not listed, please contact the office and we will assist you.

Infant Funeral Services

The qualifications to receive funeral assistance from The TEARS Foundation are:

  • The family resides in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, or Washington State.
  • The baby who died was between 20 weeks gestation up to one year old.
  • Fund availability.
  • Funds are provided based on the family having a financial need.
  • For application, click here
  • Application guidelines, click here
  • The maximum financial assistance is $500 per application. (If the loss is for multiples (twins, triplets, etc) and babies are being buried together the maximum amount provided is $500. If babies are cremated together the maximum amount provided is $250, with an additional $250 available for merchandise).

Charlie & Braden Project 

This program is funded through generous donations of community and business individuals. At this time the funding is low, so please call first before applying. If you would like to support this program contact the office or donate, here.

The qualifications to receive funeral assistance from The TEARS Foundation are:

  • The family resides in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, and Washington State.     
  • The child who died of unexpected causes was between 1 and 12 years of age.
  • Fund availability.
  • Funds are provided based on the family having a financial need.
  • For application, click here
  • Application guidelines

Jesse's Grant Marker Program

The TEARS Foundation purchases gravemarkers in this special program which purchases markers in the fall of each year. This special grant is for families who have lost an infant (20 weeks gestation up to one year old), it has been over 6 months since their loss, and have not been able to purchase a marker for their child. Jesse's Grants typically purchase flat granite markers. If your child's cemetery requires other markers we may be able to help up to $500 toward the cost. The 2014 Jesse's Grant application process is now open in Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Washington. For application, click here. For more information about Jesse's Grant, contact our office at 253-200-0944 or email at office@thetearsfoundation.org.


Cribs for Kids

In partnership with Cribs for Kids, The TEARS Foundation provides Graco Pack N Play portable cribs to families who cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep. Cribs for Kids provides educational materials to The TEARS Foundation regarding ‘safe sleeping’ for infants as well as other safety tips to protect babies from sleep-related deaths, including asphyxia, suffocation and SIDS.  The TEARS Foundation is partnering with first responders, social service agencies and chaplains to provide cribs for families with babies (newborn - 4 mos) in need. Please contact The TEARS Foundation at (253) 200-0944 or office@thetearsfoundation.org.

For more information, click here.
Application, click here.  

    Ways to reduce the risk of SIDS:

  • The safest way for your baby to sleep is on its back, alone in a crib.   
  • The baby's crib should be in the parents' room, if possible. It should have a firm mattress that is closely fitted to the sides of the crib, and a tight-fitting sheet.   
  • Don't over-dress or over-bundle the baby. Use no pillow, bumpers, or toys.    
  • Never let a baby fall asleep in a bed, chair, or couch with another person.   
  • A baby should sleep in a smoke-free home.
  • Consider using a pacifier at naptime and bedtime.
  • Breastfeeding has important health benefits for babies, but do it safely. When breastfeeding, make sure you are in a position that will allow you to stay awake. When finished, return the baby to the crib.

Healthy Native Babies Project

The TEARS Foundation has collaborated with the Healthy Native Babies project and The SIDS Foundation of Washington to create over 48,000 informational materials for our Native Communities in the hopes of reducing the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in the Native population. Native American babies are 3 times more likely to die of SIDS than white babies and we are attempting to provide information to reduce this number.

Thank you all so much. This means the world to me. I miss my son very much and wanted everything to be perfect for him and his short cherished life. The marker you gave me is the most perfect thing he could've gotten.

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