Eric Cares is a dedicated fund residing within There With Care’s 501(c)3 non-profit. The fund works with local funeral homes to offer services at reduced cost and also provides financial assistance for those families who need help to defray funeral expenses after the loss of a child.
“At There With Care, we are humbled to be a small part of helping families facing critical illness,” said Paula DuPre’ Pesmen, There With Care founder and executive director. “Sadly, sometimes the unimaginable happens and a family loses their child. In that situation, we will be able to help the family memorialize their child when they have limited means.”
Currently, there are several non-profits that focus on medical bill assistance, supplemental income, housing for families and fund research, but none that provides funeral and memorial support.
“We interviewed several Denver social workers and researched local assistance programs and found that there is little or no financial assistance for families who have lost a child,” said Melody Jamali, the founder and director of Eric Cares. “We don’t just provide financial assistance. Eric Cares has also negotiated discounts with local funeral homes and provides general guidance in planning the memorial.”
Eric Cares is named after Mike and Melody Jamali’s son who passed away. The couple founded Une Belle Vie Memorial Urns (http://decorative-
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About There With Care
There With Care is a community of people who dedicate their time serving children and their families when facing critical illness. The organization serves families who are referred by social workers, building a network of services and people who ease the burden of the day-to-day challenges with compassion and care. In 2005, Paula DuPre’ Pesmen left her film career as producer of the Harry Potter films to start There With Care. While on set, Paula met critically ill children and learned how isolated and overwhelmed their parents felt. In response, Paula created There With Care to support each family by delivering daily services during their child’s medical illness. Since inception, There With Care has supported more than 1,000 families in Colorado.
For more information about There With Care, please visit http://www.therewithcare.org/