Rosabel’s Rooms – In Partnership with IHF
Rosabel’s Rooms is a Galway-born child loss project, which is now a national initiative reaching out to families all over Ireland.
In April 2017, Rosabel Monroe died in her cot at her Galway home. She was just sixteen months old.
Following her sudden and unexpected death, her parents Suzanne McClean and Gary Monroe began their collaboration with the Irish Hospice Foundation to establish Rosabel’s Rooms.
“Rosabel died at home but was raced to University Hospital Galway. The staff were incredible that night, but unfortunately there wasn’t any appropriate space available to us while tried to navigate our way through those crucial first post-trauma hours with our deceased child. The essence of this project is to convey a sense of reverence and respect for life, death and bereavement,” says Suzanne.
Rosabel’s Rooms was launched on the 5 January 2018, on what would have been Rosabel’s 2nd birthday.
Rosabel’s Rooms is working across the following areas:
Through the *Design & Dignity Programme at the Irish Hospice Foundation, Rosabel’s Rooms is facilitating the development of family-friendly bereavement suites in hospital emergency departments around Ireland. These will provide comfort and dignity for bereaved parents and families following the death of a child
Through Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal Fund, the project is facilitating direct financial support to families, when a child dies in Ireland. It is helping to accommodate parents/families to take time off work, paying for funeral costs and more. This part of the project is open almost 12 months now and receives referrals on a regular basis. More details can be found here.
Rosabel’s Rooms will be launching the Rosabel’s Room to Talk Fund which will ensure therapeutic supports are made available to anyone impacted by child loss in Ireland. The programme is available for specific therapists throughout Ireland which is to ensure bereaved families receive support in their home county even if their child had to travel for treatment.