Dealing with the death of a child can be heartbreaking and painstakingly difficult. Not being able to pay for the financial obligations of the funeral can add additional sorrow, stress and turmoil. For those who need assistance, certain charities and foundations will cover the cost of children's funerals when the parents cannot afford it.
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All for One-One for All Foundation
Started by former Denver Nugget basketball player and now minister and mortuary owner Calvin Natt, The All for One-One for All Foundation was created in 2006 to help parents through the financial burden of burial costs. While playing basketball and visiting terminally ill children is various hospitals, Natt realised the hardship the families endured.
The All for One-One for All Foundation paid for 19 funerals in 2010, seven out of Natt's own pocket. Each funeral cost around £3,250.
The Children's Charity Children's Compassion Fund
The Children's Charity Children's Compassion Fund was set up in Northern California specifically as a "primary provider of essential funds often required by families of children with cancer." The Fund supplies basic household and family expenses, as well as help during emergency situations such as funeral planning and costs to families of children age 12 and under.
Conor Kirby Memorial
The Connor Kirby Memorial Foundation was started by his mother Adele. Conner was born on Memorial Day at 5:45 a.m. in 2003. He lived for 90 minutes. Knowing the pain personally of losing a child and not being able to pay for funeral expenses, Adele decided to help. She started the foundation in remembrance of her infant son she knew for only a few hours.
Residents of Maryland and Pennsylvania are eligible for financial assistance for burials, cremations, grave markers and family therapy support.
The Unforgettables Foundation
Located in Southern California and founded by Timothy Evans in 1999 with the assistance of morticians, social workers, medical professionals and educators, The Unforgettables Foundation assists families with the death of a child, including burial costs. Operated almost entirely by volunteers, the foundation enables low-income families to give their children a dignified burial while empowering communities to come together to memorialise lost ones. So far, over 2,000 families have been assisted in more than 60 cities in Southern California.
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