The TEARS Foundation has served thousands of families in need with both financial and emotional support services. If you have found us because you have experienced a loss, our hearts go out to you. We welcome you to reach out to us for support and if you would like to speak with someone or need financial assistance, please fill out our online application form and someone who can help will be in touch within 48 hours. See below the areas in which we offer financial assistance. If you are unsure whether financial assistance is offered in your area, please contact us and we can help.
You can learn more about the funeral assistance programs and areas in which they are offered, and find a support group near you in the sections below.
***Note: If you are only interested in emotional support, you only need to fill out section 1 of the online application form. See more about our emotional support programs below.
Funeral Financial Assistance
The TEARS Foundation pays the funeral home and/or cemetery directly and there must be an outstanding balance in order to receive assistance. We ask that you exhaust other options which may be available to you prior to applying for financial assistance. To learn more about the programs we have and their eligibility requirements, see the Funeral Application Guidelines here.
We will contact you within 48 hours to go over details of your application once it has been submitted. If you have not heard from us within 48 hours, contact us to confirm that we have received your application.
Applications & regions of assistance for each program
You can request any of our services through our online application form. Once we receive your application, someone who can help will be in touch within 48 hours. See program descriptions and regions of assistance below:
For babies 20 weeks gestation to 1 year old – Applications accepted for families residing, or if baby died, in one of the following areas: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California (San Joaquin, Staislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Kern counties), Delaware, Florida (Central Florida region), Georgia (Greater Atlanta Area), Illinois (Cook, DuPage, Grundy and Will counties), Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York(Upstate), North Carolina, North Dakota (Western Region), Pennsylvania, Texas (Bastrop, Bell, McLennan, Limestone, Freestone, Williamson, Travis Counties), Washington State or Wyoming.
Jesse’s Grant Application (pdf version)
For babies 20 weeks gestation to 1 year old – We may provide a flat, granite grave marker if it has been 6 months or more since baby’s passing. We are accepting applications for the following areas: Alaska, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Dakota (Western Region) Washington, or Wyoming.
The Charlie and Braden Project (pdf version)
Funeral assistance for children between 1 and 12 years old, who die from external causes (such as Suicide, Accident, or Sudden Unexplained Death of a Child). Applications accepted for families residing, or if child died, in one of the following areas: Alaska, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, North Dakota (Western Region), Texas Hillcountry (Bastrop, Bell, Travis and Williamson counties), Washington State or Wyoming.
Funeral assistance and/or Grief Counseling Support for those whose child is between 13 – 20 years old and died due to drug related causes and/or completed suicide. For more information contact Margaret Pilon, Program Director, at (732)610-8771 or firstname.lastname@example.org For Cali’s Gift online application, click here
If you would like to know whether assistance is offered in your area, need the application expedited or would like an update on the status of your application, please contact us at (253) 200-0944 or email@example.com.
New Funeral Homes
If you are a new funeral home seeking to become an approved provider with TEARS, see our Approved Provider 2018. Please review, sign and return page 4 of the Approved Provider Form along with a copy of your infant/ general pricing list.
Forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or faxed to 253-848-0299.
Emotional Support Groups
The TEARS Foundation offers free support groups for bereaved families who have experienced the death of their baby. To find a listing of support groups in your area, please click here. If you would like to speak to someone, contact our office at 253-200-0944, or at email@example.com. We have support for the deaf community.