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Thursday 27 July 2017

No right way to grieve in this situation

Chloe Fogarty’s parents should be allowed to grieve without worrying how we feel, writes Eilis O’Hanlon

Flowers laid by the staff of O'Dwyer Steel in Dundrum, Co Tipperary in tribute to baby Chloe Fogarty. Picture: Mark Condren
Flowers laid by the staff of O'Dwyer Steel in Dundrum, Co Tipperary in tribute to baby Chloe Fogarty. Picture: Mark Condren

Eilis O’Hanlon

It's a cliche to say that the death of a child is every parent's worst nightmare, but what else can you do in the face of tragedy except take some comfort in commonplaces?

When the circumstances of a child's death are as harrowing as those of seven-month-old Chloe Fogarty, who died after being accidentally left in a car on the hottest day of the year, it's harder than ever to know what to say.

Her father, Paul, was reportedly distracted by a phone call as he drove to work, and forgot that the baby was supposed to have been dropped at the creche.

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