About Us

OUR STORY

Emma’s Footprints was founded in memory of Emma Kathryn Dailey, who was born into Heaven. Since 2013, Emma’s has been walking with pregnancy and infant loss families in their grief journeys, providing care and support as they travel down this difficult and often lonely path. Emma’s ensures that no family has to walk alone.

 

OUR SERVICES

Our goal is to sustain loss parents and their families through the fog of grief and care for them in every stage of healing and hope after loss. From providing financial support for funeral costs and emotional support through group meetings and one-on-one connections with our Care Team, Emma’s offers many services to help families in their time of need.

 



OUR PEOPLE

    
Each of us at Emma’s Footprints has one common goal: to help heal and provide hope to families experiencing pregnancy or infant loss. Our team members have lived through loss and understand the value of having a support network for help us through. Our team would be honored to walk with you in your grief and provide compassionate, understanding care to you.

 

Dear Friend,

I know right now you feel lost – I’m so sorry you had to say goodbye to your beloved baby. I felt lost too when my Emma was born to heaven May 30, 2007.

I was eight months pregnant when doctors told me she had no heartbeat. My husband, Bryan, and I begged for answers: “Why did this happen? What do we do next? How can we go on without her?”

This pain and confusion is healthy and normal. We were crippled with grief, loneliness, anger, and every emotion in between.

But there is HOPE.

While the journey is hard and may be long, healing will come. And Emma’s Footprints will walk alongside you with compassionate friendship from parents who have been there.

We’re here when you are ready. No rush, no expectations, no fee. Please call or email, or simply check us out on Facebook.

And know you’re never alone.

With love,

Tracy Dailey

Emma’s Mom

Testimonials

Our world forever changed the day my husband, and I got the phone call that Gus was not responsive. Gus passed away from SIDS in June 2016. After suddenly losing Gus we didn’t know how to go on. A couple of people told me to reach out to Emma’s Footprints after our loss. I was scared to send that message, but I am so very glad that I did. They have done so much for my family financially and emotionally. Honestly, I don’t know where I would be in my grieving process without them.

– Julie Swanson, Bereaved Parent

As a nurse, I can only walk the journey with these families for a limited amount of time, and Emma’s serves as the connecting link that we were missing for so long. Emma’s walks the lifelong journey with families after we as healthcare professionals no longer can. I am thankful every day that they exist. No longer will a patient or family be discharged from the hospital feeling alone in their grief.

Ashley Matson, Director of Mother Baby Unit at UPMC Hamot

During the darkest hours when the pain was unbearable, when I had no one to turn to, no one who could understand what I was going through, Emma’s Footprints stepped in to lift me up, to tell me that my feelings were healthy, and most importantly to assure me that I was not alone. Without Emma’s, I would be lost in my grief and utterly alone.

– Pisey Leute, Bereaved Parent

I have yet to have Emma’s say anything but “Yes, we can help.” We are honored to be affiliated with such a compassionate and caring organization.

Dan Edder, Funeral Director at Edder Funeral Home, Inc. 

We were referred to Emma’s Footprints to help us pay for our son’s funeral, but I was given so much more. They helped me wrap my ache into purpose; developing a desire to live my best life because of losing him. Their periodic checks helped me feel connected, and they radiated compassion. They didn’t let me flounder in my sadness but instead encouraged me to pick my head up and see the pain for what it was.

– Heather Cherry, Bereaved Parent