WESTFIELD, NJ — Misty A. Shores has helped countless families through her psychotherapy practice on Elm Street but now finds her own family in need, following a house fire that claimed her mother’s life.

Darlene M. Shores, 63, died in the fire in Maine on April 12, according to multiple news reports, which show investigators believe the fire began near a wood stove in the living room of the house.

So Misty Shores and her sister, Kellie, began a memorial fund to help pay for the cost to demolish the home in Sabattus, Maine, which was is uninsured.

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“We are raising $13,000 to demolish her home,” writes Misty Shores on a GoFundMe page that had raised much of the funds by Saturday. “We have raised $8,843 thus far and have $4,157 remaining. Unfortunately, she did not have insurance on her home. The $13,000 will cover the entire cost of demolition and removal of all debris from the site.”

Misty Shores, who lives in Highland Park, writes that the memorial fund is a way to honor her mother's life.

Darlene Shores completed the Citizens Police Academy for Auburn, Maine in 2012, volunteered at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewistown, Maine and received recognition for 2,000 hours of service, her obituary in the Saint Albans Messenger says.

Darlene Shores also volunteered for the York County Search and Rescue in Maine and was a naturalist, according to the obituary.

“My dream is to one day place a small prefabricated home on the land she loved … and make it into a sacred space for family, friends, first responders and veterans to come to find,” Misty Shores writes.

Click here to visit the GoFundMe page.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh