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The New ISANDS Website (2008)
About ten years ago ISANDS was given a gift of our website by Colm & Niamh Lyon in memory of their daughter, Sophie.  This gift came about out of the untimely and tragic death of Sophie and her Dad’s frantic search for support following her death.  Back then there was little advice, information and support for parents who searched the Internet.
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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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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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