Wednesday 22 November 2017

‘It’s important to remember all our little angels’ - Memorial for families who suffered miscarriages

Melissa Luttrell got the idea from the film Tangled
Melissa Luttrell got the idea from the film Tangled
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A young mum who tragically had a miscarriage last year has set up a heartwarming ceremony to remember babies who have died.

Melissa Luttrell from Tallaght Co Dublin was heartbroken when she was sent home from hospital with just a booklet on miscarriage.

The event was held across the world
The event was held across the world

“All I got was a little book. The night I had my miscarriage I set off a lantern as a way of saying goodbye to my baby. It was very beautiful,” Melissa told Independent.ie.

The event called ‘Light Up the Sky’ was set up last year to help families talk about babies who died and to remember them.

Families are invited to attend the event and release a lantern or balloon.

“There is nothing for men and women who lose a child so that’s why I set it up. It raises awareness of infant losses in a heartwarming and beautiful way,” said Melissa, who now has a one-year-old baby girl called Mia.

This year the event took place in Dublin, Carlow, Australia, South Africa and Tenerife.

“We hope it will get bigger every year because it gives people a chance to talk about something that’s never talked about.

“It’s heartwarming to see people help each other get through it and have someone who understands what you’re going through,” said Melissa.

Melissa’s dad Mark said that he has lost four grandchildren, three from stillbirth and one miscarriage.

“It’s important for people to remember all our little angels.

“One woman who came to our event said it was the first time she said her son’s name in years. People need to have a place to talk about miscarriages because nobody wants to hear about it,” said Mark.

'Tree of angels' is set up at St Maelruain's church in Tallaght
'Tree of angels' is set up at St Maelruain's church in Tallaght

“Like a lot of families I don’t just want to go to a graveyard to remember lost children.”

Every Christmas a 'tree of angels' is set up at St Maelruain's church in Tallaght for those who have experienced infant loss.

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