New Jersey

If you have found us because you have experienced a loss, our hearts go out to you.  We welcome you to reach out and join us as we honor babies gone too soon.  If you would like to speak with someone or need financial assistance fill out our online application form and someone who can help will be in touch.

Over 1,100 babies die each year in New Jersey and there is limited government funds available to support bereaved families who need to make final arrangements for their baby and ongoing support to rebuild their lives. Together we can support these families and make a difference in New Jersey.

Help your Community

Anyone who is interested in supporting bereaved families in New Jersey is welcome and encouraged to attend one of these upcoming events, to visit the Center for Child Loss, or to apply to become a VolunTEAR with this form.

The TEARS Foundation’s Center for Child Loss
1924 State Highway 35, Suite 9C
Old Tudor Village
Wall, NJ 07719
(848) 469-8180 or (732) 694-8706

Center Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30-1:30 and afternoons by appointment

Upcoming Events

Angel of Hope Engraving
July 31, 2020
 – Deadline for engraving names on the New Jersey Angel of Hope Monument

October Remembrance Ceremony for Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month-
Sunday October 27 at 2:00 pm at the Angel of Hope Monument, Thos L Shinn Funeral Home, Manahawkin.
Please RSVP (848)469-8180 or We will add your baby’s name to the list of those we are remembering that day.
For more information contact

Support Groups

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Group
First Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm – Please note a change for November – the meeting will be held on the second Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7 pm.
New Jersey Center for Child Loss
1924 State Highway 35, Suite 9C, Old Tudor Village, NJ 07719
These meetings are open discussion support groups. Any bereaved parent is welcome to drop in.

Pregnancy After Loss Support Group
Third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm
New Jersey Center for Child Loss
1924 State Highway 35, Suite 9C, Old Tudor Village, NJ 07710
The goal of this group is support for moms currently expecting a rainbow baby, those trying to conceive after a loss and/or any loss mom who has questions about the anxiety and stress involved in a pregnancy after loss. Please contact the Center for more information.

Pregnancy & Infant Loss South New Jersey Support Group
The Moorestown Library
111 W. 2nd St.  Moorestown, NJ
Thursday, 7-9 p.m.
2019 dates: Jan 10, Feb 14, March 7, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug 8, Sep 12, Oct 10,
Nov 14, Dec 12

                Grandparent’s Support – This group has begun meeting approximately once a month to support each other as bereaved grandparents. Please contact the Center for details.

Survivor’s Group
The Survivors Group is designed for bereaved moms whose baby has died and they are at least 1 year removed from the loss. Survivors meet at various locations on the third Friday of every month for a planned outing. Activities may include dinner at a local restaurant, bowling, Escape Room and movies or games at the Center. The night is designed for bereaved moms to come together for continued support and sharing while socializing in a fun atmosphere. Developing and maintaining relationships with others during your grief journey is vital. Please check our our Facebook page for the details of monthly events or call the Center for more details.

Stay in Touch

To stay up to date on events near you, and to find out how you can join the movement across New Jersey, connect with us on Facebook, join our email list, or reach out to one of our New Jersey Chapter Leaders! We will be happy to speak with you by phone call or text.

Like us on Facebook: New Jersey Chapter of the TEARS Foundation

New Jersey Chapter Leaders

John Ostapovich (732) 233-4431
Linda Ostapovich (732) 694-8706

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