When a woman discovers that she is pregnant, there's an instant connection; a bond is formed between a mother and child forever. Before you know it, the family is making plans for a nursery, thinking of names, and guessing gender of the baby. The child becomes a part of the family, even before they are born. Friends and family anticipate the arrival, and the parents are showered with gifts to prepare for the big day. For some parents, that day turns into a heartbreaking situation that will forever change their lives.
In the United States, more than 26,000 families are forced to say goodbye to their child instead.
Jessica Taylor, Labor and Delivery nurse and Certified Perinatal Loss Care Specialist, witnessed first hand the physical, emotional and financial hardship families face and saw a need to help. After diligent research and the help of family and friends, Heaven Instead was officially named a 501c(3) non-profit organization in June of 2018. As of June 2020, Heaven Instead has helped nearly 100 families and has covered $48,000 in funeral expenses for those in need.
Heaven Instead offers financial assistance for end of life expenses to bereaved parents dealing with the loss of a child due to stillbirth or fetal death within the hospital stay. In addition to financial assistance, we offer our professional guidance and support to families facing this unimaginable experience. We aim to alleviate the financial burden that follows this devastating loss, and to remind bereaved parents that they are never alone on their journeys to honor and grieve their children.
Heaven Instead is made up entirely of volunteers so every dollar donated goes directly to our mission. All donations received are tax deductible to the extent provided by the law. Heaven Instead protects the confidentiality of its donors and does not share donor information with any other organization.