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Song About Missing A Loved One Helps Kids Going Through Grief

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A boy wishing to see his mom one more time has inspired a song that will help other kids going through grief, Jennifer Mayerle reports (3:04) WCCO 4 Saturday Morning - April 24, 2021

Video Transcript

- A boy wishing to see his mom one more time has inspired a song that will help other kids going through grief. Jace and Emmy Lu Mullers' mom died of cancer four years ago. They've been going through grief counseling at school through a special program. I found out how "Ladder to the Sky" will help others like them.

[MUSIC - BRIAN MULLER, "LADDER TO THE SKY"]

BRIAN MULLER: It's always been my go-to for getting through different times of life.

JENNIFER MAYERLE: Brian Muller penned a song based on a dream his son Jace had about his mom.

BRIAN MULLER: (SINGING) He dreams of being Superman, flying high to that golden land.

JACE MULLER: And then I woke up and said, what if we could build a ladder to the sky so we could see mom whenever we want.

BRIAN MULLER: (SINGING) What if, what if, what if I built a ladder to the sky so I could climb up to the clouds instead of wishing for mommy to come back down?

(SPEAKING) A way to see her again. Somehow, some way. To go up to heaven and see her. Even if it was just for a moment.

JENNIFER MAYERLE: Amie died in 2017 at 36 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. The veteran raised concerns about health effects tied to burn pits she was exposed to while serving in Iraq. The impact on soldiers is being studied.

BRIAN MULLER: He asks what we all want to know-- why did she have to go? I can't even say it without getting teary eyed because we all wonder that.

JENNIFER MAYERLE: Their song "Ladder to the Sky" will raise funds for a counseling program Jace and younger sister Emmy Lu are a part of at school. It's called Growing Through Grief, sponsored by the Park Nicollet Foundation.

BRIAN MULLER: They go right to the schools to help kids with grief. The way that this program was designed was to go into the schools to make it more comfortable for some type of therapy.

[MUSIC - BRIAN MULLER, "LADDER TO THE SKY"]

JENNIFER MAYERLE: And so they hope their song will help others with their grief--

BRIAN MULLER: (SINGING) He thinks of her angel face--

JENNIFER MAYERLE: --while supporting kids--

BRIAN MULLER: (SINGING) --high up in that mystic place.

JENNIFER MAYERLE: --to experience a loss in life.

JACE MULLER: I was very happy that he made a song about it. And I'm also very happy that he's using it for good.

BRIAN MULLER: I hope it'll help people to know that, metaphorically, there is a ladder to the sky. We can create a ladder to the sky in our minds and talk to our loved ones whenever we want to, and think about them and dream of them.

(SINGING) He built a ladder to the sky to go there whenever he needed her.

- Growing Through Grief is currently in 15 Metro and Western Wisconsin schools. It's provided to students at no charge thanks to donations. "Ladder to the Sky" is available to download now, just head to wcco.com/links.