The TEARS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to compassionately lift a financial burden from bereaved families who have experienced a pregnancy or infant loss by providing funds to assist with the cost of burial or cremation services. We also offer parents comprehensive bereavement care in the form of grief support groups and peer companions. We believe that every child’s life deserves to be honored and memorialized in accordance with the grieving parents’ wishes.
The TEARS Foundation was established in 2002 in Washington State by founder Sarah Slack in honor of her son Jesse. Over the years, The TEARS Foundation has expanded with numerous state and international chapters. Please visit the main website at: www.thetearsfoundation.org for more information for additional chapters. The Massachusetts Chapter started in September 2015. The Angel of Hope Monument in Hyannis, MA was unveiled in October 2018, offering a quiet place for families to honor and remember their babies. The Massachusetts Center for Child Loss officially opened in June 2019 in Northborough, MA. The Center provides a safe, comforting space for bereaved families to meet with peer companions, explore community grief resources, and attend support groups, volunteer meetings, and remembrance gatherings.
Funds raised at the Rock & Walk for Babies event cover the necessary operating costs for the Massachusetts Center for Child Loss as well as supporting the financial and emotional resource programs to assist bereaved families. The Massachusetts Center for Child Loss is entirely operated by donations and 100% staffed by volunteers.