Remembering the loss of your ‘little angel’ with a light in the sky

By Mary Dennehy

THE Tallaght skyline will be lit bright with hundreds of Chinese lanterns this Saturday in remembrance of babies lost in pregnancy or infancy, and as a shining symbol of support for their parents and families.

Organised by Melissa Luttrell, a 19-year-old from Jobstown who lost her baby through miscarriage, the event is open to all parents and families who would like to remember their “little angel”.

Melissa told The Echo: “So many women who lose a baby through miscarriage have nowhere to go to remember their baby – and this can be really hard.

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“After I lost my baby last year, I was made to feel that a miscarriage wasn’t that big a deal, but that baby was my child – and I felt love the moment I found out I was pregnant.

“However, I didn’t feel that there was much support out there for people who had lost a baby through miscarriage and it was hard not having a place to go to remember my baby.

“After a while, I thought it would be a nice idea to organise an event for families who would like to remember their little angel, whether that be a baby lost through miscarriage or infant loss.”

Called Light up the Sky, the event is coinciding with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month which is running throughout October.

Melissa said: “Any mams or dads who would like to remember their baby are welcome to come along, the event will give them the space to remember their little angel and do something for themselves as well – while surrounded by and supported by people who have experienced loss too.”

While the main event will take place in the field beside the Tallaght Leisure Centre on Fortunestown Way this Saturday, October 24, at 7pm, people who can’t make it are invited to light a candle at home – or post a picture with their angel’s name on the event Facebook page, Light up the Sky 24th October 2015.

South Dublin County Council and the Coast Guard, concerning the lanterns, are aware of the event and local officers from Tallaght Garda Station will be in attendance on the night.

Melissa wished to thank Darlosan Transport for sponsoring insurance for the event, Solar Signs for providing banners and car stickers and her dad for “always standing by her” and “proving when you put your mind to something you can achieve it.”

 

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