Rosabel’s Rooms is a Galway-born child loss project, now a national initiative, in partnership with us here at IHF, that is reaching out to bereaved parents and families all over Ireland.
In April 2017, Rosabel Monroe died in her cot at her Galway home. She was just 16 months old. Following her sudden and unexpected death, her parents Suzanne McClean and Gary Monroe began their collaboration with us here at Irish Hospice Foundation to establish Rosabel’s Rooms. It was launched on the 5th of January 2018, on what would have been Rosabel’s 2nd birthday.
“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,”
– Suzanne McClean
Rosabel’s Rooms is working across the following areas:
- through our Design & Dignity programme programme, Rosabel’s Rooms is facilitating the development of family-friendly bereavement suites in hospital emergency departments around Ireland. These 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’s helping accommodate parents/families to take time off work, paying for funeral costs and more.
- the Rosabel’s Room to Talk Fund is ensuring therapeutic supports are made available to anyone impacted by child loss in Ireland. The programme is available for specific therapists throughout Ireland to ensure bereaved parents and families receive support in their home county even if their child had to travel for treatment.
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Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal Fund
Since July 2018, we’ve been supporting numerous bereaved parents and families across Ireland in the aftermath of the death of a child. So far, the fund has enabled bereaved parents to take time off work, helped cover funeral costs and ongoing living costs while the parent(s) take time off work. It has also helped cover the costs of headstones and other memorials for children. Parents can apply for funding of up to a maximum of €2,000.
Applications: are open to parents resident in the Republic of Ireland whose son/daughter has died since 5th January 2016 and whose son/daughter was aged 0-21 years (inc) at the time of death. One application per deceased will be accepted. We wish to support parents directly so cannot receive applications from other family members, associates etc of the child.
Funding: will come from the Rosabel’s Room-to-Heal fund, which is made up of voluntary donations and support for the Rosabel’s Rooms project.
Please post completed forms to Irish Hospice Foundation, Morrison Chambers ( Floor 4), 32 Nassau Street, Dublin 2 accompanied by a signed letter from the family GP, medical social worker or other medical notary.
Application does not guarantee funding and we will consider every application carefully. Decisions for funding will be made through communication between IHF and the parents of Rosabel, as we work in collaboration for the Rosabel’s Rooms appeal. We will endeavour to respond to every request for financial help as promptly as possible. The fund remains open until December 31st 2021.
Please contact us on (01) 6793188 or [email protected] if you have any questions or need assistance with completing your application.
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