Connected Forever is a Nebraska non-profit organization founded by Jesse & Tracy Pella in honor of their sons, Cooper & Cohen. On June 1, 2011, Cooper and Cohen were born at 23 weeks 4 days gestation. Cohen became a heavenly angel that day. Cooper, weighing only 14.8 ounces, was able to be home with his family after spending 134 days in the NICU. During their journey, Jesse & Tracy were surrounded by an amazing support system thanks to family and friends. Connected Forever was established so that no family has to endure a journey of prematurity or infant loss alone.

Connected Forever’s mission to is support families who have experienced premature birth or infant loss by providing resources, education, and emotional support. 

Connected Forever provides bereavement programming to support families experiencing infant loss. Our Funeral and Burial Assistance program provides financial support for families to help alleviate the financial burden of losing an infant. Families are able to contact Connected Forever or apply for assistance through our website. 

Connected Forever holds a memorial event for families each year to allow them to celebrate the life of their infant surrounded by friends and family, alongside other families who are experiencing a similar journey. 

Connected Forever also provides emotional support and resources to families on a one-to-one basis. 

More information can be found on our website at

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