Sarah Slack, founder of The TEARS Foundation

Sarah Slack eases parents' grief

In November of 2000, Sarah Slack gave birth to her stillborn baby son, Jesse. It took her and her husband over a year to raise the money needed for Jesse's grave marker, but by then she had a mission. Sarah set out to make sure other parents grieving over the loss of an infant could have a marker of their own.

The TEARS Foundation was born of one woman's sorrow, and has eased the grief of hundreds of parents since then. Sarah is supported by a team of volunteers - many of whom also know the grief of losing a baby - but in many ways, she is on a one-woman mission to help bereaved parents. Since starting TEARS just a few short years ago, the foundation has continued to grow, serving over 150 families in 2009 alone. How many parents, when expecting a baby, plan for burial costs? When parents can't afford funeral costs for their infants, Sarah is there to help. And when the funeral is over, she is there to help pick up the emotional pieces, as well.

Sarah Slack is a hero to me and many other parents who know the value of honoring their babies' memories, showing the world that they were on this planet for a brief shining moment, and will be remembered for a lifetime.

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Megan says ... on Wednesday, Dec 29 at 2:16 PM

Thank you for all that you do. So many families have been given comfort at a time that is unbearably painful due to the great work you do. Again thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Seattle65 says ... on Monday, May 3 at 10:39 AM

Very noble work, Sarah. Thank you from a father to be.

Carrie Burrus (Another Nominees Mom) says ... on Friday, Nov 20 at 9:44 PM

My daughter, Shelby was also a nominated in this contest. She's 12 years old, and had her heart set on winning. She was a little disappointed that she didn't until she read your info. She felt very honored and proud you won. Keep up your work.

Tammy DeCorte says ... on Tuesday, Nov 3 at 11:59 PM

Awesome job Sarah - you are making a HUGE difference in the lives of others. Thank you!

Sara Slack says ... on Tuesday, Nov 3 at 11:57 PM

We are so thankful for the work Sarah is doing... God bless you!

Jewels says ... on Tuesday, Nov 3 at 11:15 PM

Sarah you are so dedicated and I am so proud of you for taking something so painful and letting God use you to be there for others during their difficult time. I pray that God continues to bless your good work and foundation.

PDB says ... on Tuesday, Nov 3 at 8:08 PM

God Bless You. I pray that God gives you the strength to continue your good work.

sherib168 says ... on Thursday, Oct 1 at 4:10 PM

I forgot to share the website! If you want to learn more about Sarah's story and The TEARS Foundation, please visit www.thetearsfoundation.org. Thank you!

KristineM says ... on Wednesday, Sep 30 at 9:08 PM

Thank you so much for what you do! We lost our first son, Christian, just over two years ago, and it was heartbreaking to have to come up with that kind of money while in such pain. What an awesome thing you do Sarah! God Bless you!

JATok says ... on Wednesday, Sep 30 at 5:13 PM

My husband and I shared our baby's grave years ago with a family who could not afford a burial plot. Our little girl is on the top and the other baby is below her. Bless you Sarah.

Stacia says ... on Wednesday, Sep 30 at 9:44 AM

God Bless you!

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