Jesse Was Here – A Program of Beyond Type 1
Editor’s Note: Jesse Was Here is now live at jesse-was-here.org.
Launching August 30, 2018, Jesse Was Here was inspired by Michelle Bauer (Alswager)’s experience after the sudden death of her 13-year-old son, Jesse, from type 1 diabetes. Grieving the loss of her child, and the potential loss of the diabetes community, she created an online community to support parents who had also lost their children to type 1 diabetes. By connecting with others who shared her experience, she realized many of those seeking support and opportunities to honor their loved ones, also struggle with unexpected funeral expenses, ongoing medical bills and sometimes even the funds for a headstone. Through her efforts, she discovered many others—not just parents of young children—were looking for peer support, practical information, coping tools and financial assistance. Working together, Michelle and the team at Beyond Type 1 are creating a very special program to serve this unique and deserving community.
Jesse Was Here—a program of Beyond Type 1—provides resources, support and tools for those navigating life after a type 1 death. Here you will find:
• Resources for the early days, weeks and month—from planning a service or creating a memorial fund to thoughtfully removing your loved one from social media or explaining type 1 to others.
• Stories from those who have experienced loss—some after living with type 1, others due to a missed diagnosis.
• Connection with others—fellow parents, siblings, spouses, or loved ones—in private groups in the Jesse Was Here app.
• Opportunities to celebrate your loved one through legacy projects, engage in raising awareness about type 1 or support others navigating loss.
Your generous gift will allow the team at Beyond Type 1 to provides resources, support and tools for those navigating life after a type 1 death. Thank you for being a part of this special program to serve this unique and deserving community. Click HERE to donate.