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We talk about them, not because we're stuck or because we haven't moved on, but we talk about them because we are theirs, and they are ours, and no passage of time will ever change that.



Grief is not a disorder, a disease or sign of weakness.  It is an 

emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love.The only cure for grief is to grieve.

                       ~ Earl Grollman


Organ and tissue donors truly are heroes! For every hero there is a Donor Family.  It is a fact, before we become Donor Family members we experience the loss of a loved one.  


On my own journey of grief following the loss of my son Evan, I was struck by the fact that the cost of grief counseling can be very prohibitive, preventing many people from seeking these services.  While everyone’s journey is unique, I feel personally that caring for myself and working through my grief is essential to a healthy path forward, and for me, that includes grief counseling.  


Often insurance does not cover mental or emotional wellness costs and the expense of seeking help can add financial stress at an already very difficult time. Financial obstacles should never preclude Donor Family members from seeking these services. 


So, to further Evan's legacy of giving, the Evan Spear Foundation has made it their mission to provide financial assistance to families of organ and tissue donors who may otherwise not seek these services due to their financial situation. Our involvement is limited to the financial aspect of the grief counseling only. We receive the bill and pay the provider directly.  Grief is a very personal journey and we encourage Donor Family members to choose a counselor that is right for them.


Additionally, when the time is right for the Donor Family, the Evan Spear Foundation  assists those Donor Family members who would like to embrace the legacy of their loved one by helping them to: form a non-profit organization; create an annual event; or participate in activities that honor their loved one. Embracing and honoring your loved one’s legacy can have such a positive and meaningful impact on the healing process!




~ Julie Spear 

   Evan's Mom

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life's search for love and wisdom.  

                                    ~ Rumi

Grief is like the ocean; it

comes in waves ebbing and 

flowing.  Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming.  All we can do is learn to swim.

Vicki Harrison

Grief is like the ocean; it comes in waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming.All we can do is learn to swim.

                          ~  Vicki Harrison

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