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Limbo Babies programme won a Silver Award at the Sonys in London
Late last year B.B.C. Radio Northern Ireland made a programme called Limbo Babies.  The documentary featured the personal experiences of  Eithne Hyland, Ron Smith-Murphy, a member of a rural community in Ireland, a representative from the Roman Catholic Church and a member of Staff at Glasnevin Cemetery.
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Carphone Warehouse Donation
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Once again The Carphone Warehouse make huge donation to ISANDS. We were delighted when Management of The Carphone Warehouse announced that they were making another donation to our charity. This is the second year for this amazingly generous gift and we are thrilled to have received it as picture shows above. The BIG cheque will make a very real difference and our thanks to Management & Staff at The Carfone Warehouse for considering us worthy of such a considerable donation.
 
Working Group Post Mortem Practice and Procedures
Working Group Post Mortem Practice and Procedures
On 3 May 2005 the Government appointed Dr. Deirdre Madden to complete a final report on post-mortem practice and organ retention in Irish hospitals since 1970. This Report was submitted to Mary Harney, T.D. Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, on 21 December 2005 and published following decision of the Government on 18 January 2006.
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Parents Night 2014
A Little Lifetime Foundation Parent Support
It is natural to want to talk about your baby. You probably think about him or her all the time and continuously relive the circumstances of his or her birth and death. Your grief is very intense and you experience so many different emotions at the same time that you may feel unable to cope. These feelings are normal and it helps to express them.

It can be particularly helpful to talk to someone else who has had a baby who has died. You can do so by contacting ISANDS Support Team. All the members of the Support Team are trained and are parents who themselves have had a baby who died. They can be reached from any location in the country by leaving a message on the ISANDS Support phone line.
Parents Support Meetings
We also organise Parent Support Meetings. These are informal meetings where parents can talk to each other, facilitated by a trained member of the Support Team. Many parents find that they feel less isolated and alone after meeting other parents who are going through similar feelings of grief.

Sometimes parents say that they would be unable to speak at a meeting and we always say that no one should feel under pressure to share their experience. Sometimes just listening to other parents sharing their stories can help us to identify thoughts and feelings we may be having ourselves.

2014 Parent Support Meetings until the end of the year.

OCT 21st Orion 8-10PM

Nov 25th Orion 8-10PM

Oct 28th Tuesday 7pm -9pm Carlton Hotel Tralee Kerry

Nov 13th Thursday, 7-9pm Lankans Hotel,  Kilkenny

Dec 2nd Tuesday 7pm -9pm Imperial Cork

Dec 4th Thursday 7pm -9pm Boyne Valley Drogheda

Dec 9th Tues – 7pm -9pm Absolute Limerick

Dec 16th Tuesday 7pm -9pm Whites Wexford

 

For meetings around the country to go ahead we will need at least 6 parents to confirm their attendance (by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 01 8829030).

Hopefully there is something there for everyone and if not and you want to attend a Dublin meeting.
Or if the meetings do not go ahead and you would like to see Peter we can arrange that for you too.

Please call 01-8726996 for details of meeting in your area or if you would like a meeting organised and we will see if we are in a position to do so.
 
Welcome to the A Little Lifetime Foundation website
Each year in Ireland approximately 500 babies die around the time of birth. As a result a large number of parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents and friends are bereaved.

Up to 15 years ago, parents who experienced the death of a baby were given no recognition or acknowledgment.  Parents coped with unbelievable pain and sadness and only now, years later have the courage to come forward for support.

In recent years there has been a much better realisation of the tragedy it is when a baby dies and the loss that it is for parents, brothers and sisters. Thankfully, there is also a better understanding of this loss by the Medical Profession and in general, parents and families are encouraged to be part of and create precious memories in their baby’s short life.

A Little Lifetime Foundation (formerly Isands) produce and distribute a booklet called A Little Lifetime to all maternity hospitals and units in the country.  This booklet has helpful and important information to help and support parents at the time they are told the sad news that their baby has died or is expected to die shortly after birth. If you are a parent reading this who has just been told that your baby is expected to die, then if you have not received a copy of A Little Lifetime, please make sure to ask for one from the Health Care Staff or make contact with A Little Lifetime Foundation and we will make sure you get a copy as soon as possible.

This website offers support and information not only for families facing or coping with this tragedy but also for anyone who comes in contact with these families. It offers some insight into the experience.  It gives helpful information that will make a difference to how parents will cope at the time of their baby’s death and offers support for the weeks, months and years that follow.

Hopefully, it will give those accessing information, support and help them to understand that the death of a baby is a huge tragedy and needs to be acknowledged.  The feelings and emotions that grief will bring are difficult, intense, sad, scary and can be isolating.

A Little Lifetime Foundation's aim is to provide information, services and support based on other bereaved parents’ and families’ experiences which can be different but there is a common link that is recognised – the loss of a son or daughter, brother or sister.  We hope that this website will also provide information and support to all those working in the Health Care Services and other Services in the community.
 
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