Financial assistance for burials


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Members of a nonprofit foundation are seeking financial assistance to provide low-income families in Iowa with funds for child burials.

Sing Me To Heaven, a nonprofit group that offers support to families that have lost a child, will visit the Capitol on Tuesday to urge lawmakers to support a bill intended to help low-income families with funeral costs.

The bill would provide $100,000 to be administered through Iowa’s Department of Public Health. Eligible parents and families could then receive up to $2,000 for funeral expenses after the death of a child. The bill is now in the House Appropriations Committee and is still eligible for consideration.

The group has already helped more than 40 families in Iowa, but it says in a statement that more money is needed.

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