Love, Jessica is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization designed to financially assist families with medical and funeral expenses after a miscarriage or stillbirth. Our mission is to ease the financial burden as well as help start the healing process.
When a family experiences a miscarriage or stillbirth, there is not much anyone can say to ease their heartbreak. When the medical and funeral bills start arriving a few weeks later, it is a cold reminder of their reality. While we cannot ease their heartache, we can alleviate the financial stress that follows. Our goal is to raise money through fundraising and sponsorship to help pay for those bills.
Love, Jessica was founded by Jennifer Jara, in honor of her first daughter, Jessica Lupita Jara, who was stillborn at 27 weeks gestation on July 1st 2014. The Organization launched on 7/1/2020, on baby Jessica's 6th Heavenly birthday!
Love, Jessica hosted our 1st Annual Race For A Cause 5k event! It was a beautiful day with a great turnout! The TIMES of Northwest Indiana did a great article on the event!
Love, Jessica was featured on Chicago-land news station during the evening news with a great segment about our Organization!
Love, Jessica was featured on Chicago-land daytime talk show, Windy City live! This is a great video about us followed by a live interview with host, Val!
Love, Jessica was featured on a segment from nationwide news outlet, Localish, with a great video all about our organization and our impact!
Haute In Texas, PR Firm + Blogger hosted an Instagram Live event for Love, Jessica. This was a great open discussion among the team members of Love, Jessica and the owner of Haute in Texas, Aquila Mendez-Valdez.
Love, Jessica was featured on The Today Show with a great article on their website, under the Parents section. Click the link below to read the article.
UpNext with Bill & Mel Show highlights organizations & individuals who have an impact on their communities from around Chicago and beyond. They did a great segment on Love, Jessica!
Both miscarriage and stillbirth describe pregnancy loss, but they differ according to when the loss occurs. A miscarriage is the loss of a baby before the 20th week of pregnancy, occurring in 10-20% of all known pregnancies. A stillbirth is the loss of a baby after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with a majority occurring at or near full term, right before or during delivery. More than 24,000 babies are stillborn in the United States each year, affecting about 1 in 160 births. They cut across all socio-economic classes, races, religions, body types and age groups. No woman or family is immune.
I had my own notion of grief.
I thought it was the sad time
that followed the death of
someone you love
and you have to push through it
to get to the other side.
I am learning that
there is no other side.
There is no pushing
but rather, an absorption.
Adjustment and acceptance.
Grief is not something you complete,
but rather endure.
Grief is not a task to finish
and move on,
but an element of yourself,
an alteration of your being.
A new way of seeing, and
a new definition of self.