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Our Story

Mike and Anna LaBenz are devoted parents to two beautiful children, Jack and Olivia, and one sweet little angel, JLB. On July 20, 2006, Mike and Anna lost their precious son, JLB (Jack's Little Brother) to an umbilical cord accident at full-term.

In addition to being heartbroken, they felt lonely, isolated, and lost as bereaved parents. From their experience, they founded JLB Project to make the journey different for other families facing the unimaginable loss of a child.




JLB Project has been a vital part of care for families who have lost a baby in our community for over a decade.

In the past we sat bedside with families at their time of loss, and through our grief group we supported families as they moved forward.

As times change we at, JLB Project, realized that the needs of our community were changing too and the goals we set out to accomplish with JLB Project had been met. 

Over the years we have given and demonstrated loving and compassionate care for those who lost a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death. We then supported our families through our Heart Work Grief group, and we built a beautiful healing space to celebrate the lives of all children, the Children's Memorial Garden of Flagstaff. 

 We have helped to establish a good foundation for hospital care at our local hospital and community support through the Children's Garden. Due to the changing needs of our community we have discontinued our Heart Work grief group and we are no longer sitting bedside with families at their time of loss. 

We are now transitioning to meet the needs of our community in a new way.

•  Thank you for your continued support as we move forward in a new way.  •

Community Services We Offer:

  • Follow-up Care for families and individuals who have lost a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death
  • Children's Memorial Garden and Memorial Wall
  • Continued support of hospital and community health care professionals
  • Online support through our blog

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