Saturday 10 December 2016

Little girl (8) who died in farm accident is laid to rest

Published 06/08/2016 | 02:30

The hearse carrying Jessica Needham makes its way to the local cemetery after her funeral at St Patrick’s Church. Pic Conor McKeown
The hearse carrying Jessica Needham makes its way to the local cemetery after her funeral at St Patrick’s Church. Pic Conor McKeown

The family of a little girl who died tragically in a farm accident have told how she would have hugged every person at her funeral Mass if she had had the chance.

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Mourners at the funeral of eight-year-old Jessica Needham heard that she was a miracle child who "radiated innocence and love for everybody".

Four candles burned brightly on the altar, representing her three quadruplet siblings, who died so soon after their birth. The final candle was for Jessica.

Jessica was recalled as a miracle child. Sadly, her brother Ben and sisters Amy and Sophie died within days of their birth but Jessica fought for life for six months in hospital.

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Fr Pat Donnellan told mourners: "In the cemetery, white angel doves will soar towards Heaven, where her angel sisters and brother are waiting. Now there is another little angel in Heaven that we can pray to - not for."

The little girl, who was already preparing for her First Communion next May, was "greatly loved in school, at home and everywhere because she radiated innocence and love for everybody," said the priest.

"She probably taught more about love in her short eight years than most people do in a lifetime," he added, asking the community to now use their courage and kindness to support Jessica's parents Michelle and Pat and little sister Grace.

Magazines, books, a jersey and runners were brought to the altar, recalling Jessica's love of reading, how she cherished family time and her energy.

"It's a pity we can't bring some physical hugs up to the altar because I'm sure that is what Jessica would have wanted. She probably would have hugged everybody in here," her aunt Maggie added.

Irish Independent

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