Remembering your ‘angels’ at Light Up The Sky event

By Mary Dennehy

A YOUNG mother from Jobstown is organising a special, supportive event for anybody who has lost a baby or child and would like to remember them by lighting up the Tallaght skyline.

Melissa Luttrell (20) lost her first baby through miscarriage at three months and to mark the loss in her own way she lit a lantern that night, finding some comfort in marking the sad occasion.

Mark and Melissa Luttrell 2

As time went on, Melissa felt that she had nowhere to go to remember her “angel”, so last year she started a special, remembrance event called Light up the Sky.

Melissa, who is mother to a baby daughter, told The Echo: “So many women that lose a baby through miscarriage have nowhere to go to remember their baby.

“Not every parent has a grave to visit and for those that do have a grave to visit, it can be quite hard.

“I found it quite difficult not having a place to go to remember my little angel and I thought it would be anice idea to organise an event for people who have lost a baby through miscarriage. 

“Parents who have lost a baby through infant death or have lost a young child are also welcome to attend.”

She added: “The event is for parents, brothers, sisters, family and friends and I hope that it brings people together and offers some kind of support and comfort.

“It will also give women who have lost a baby the chance to meet and talk, and after I had a miscarriage I found great support from other women that have went through a similar loss.”

This is the second year that Melissa has organised Light up the Sky, with the date for this year’s special remembrance being set for Saturday, August 27, in the green space beside the Tallaght Leisure Centre on Fortunestown Way.

The evening will involve the release of balloons and lanterns, with members of the public encouraged to bring a balloon or lantern, or both. 

“We are trying to get the word out to more people this year and give family and friends the chance to celebrate this baby or child’s life,” Melissa said.

“This baby was alive and was a part of a family and, while celebrating their memory, Ihope that the event also brings comfort to parents, giving them the chance to remember and celebrate their angel.” 

Melissa, who is being supported by her parents, family and friends with the event, has welcomed the community to attend Light up the Sky this August 27 at 7pm.

For further details visit the Light up the Sky August 27, 2016 Facebook page.

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