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SYSK: Sing Me to Heaven helps families who've lost a child


In January, it will be two years since Natalie Trebon passed away.

"You were around her for a few minutes, and she could get you to fall in love with her," mother Jennifer Howard said.

Natalie suffered from mitochondrial disease. Essentially, the cells in her body didn't produce enough energy to function and develop correctly.

"It affected her brain, and we were told she'd have approximately three years. She passed away when she was a month shy of six," Howard said.

Natalie's family had difficulty finding help to cover her funeral expenses.

"I thought this isn't right. There should be help out there for families that need this help," Howard said.

That's why Jennifer Howard and her mom founded "Sing Me To Heaven." It's a non-profit, public charity based in La Porte City to help other families who've lost a child.

"Right now, we're paying only the funeral expenses to the funeral home," she said.

The organization is new, but it has already helped a couple families. Down the road, Jennifer Howard wants to help families beyond eastern Iowa.

"I want to be nationwide. I want to help," Jennifer Howard said.

Help, just like Jennifer's friends and family gave to her after Natalie's death. They planted a tree and dedicated a rock in her memory.

"My friends getting together to do something for me, made me want to do something for others. Helping families is healing for me," Howard said.

But "Sing Me To Heaven" needs help to help others. The organization can't help families without money. To make a donation, just click here or email

Jennifer knows first-hand how hard it is to lose a child. She said families shouldn't also have to worry about paying for the funeral.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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