Wednesday 12 December 2018

Treat Zoe's mum with love and compassion, mourners told

A photograph of Zoe Whitford in the hearse. Photo: Collins
A photograph of Zoe Whitford in the hearse. Photo: Collins
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The father of a three-year-old girl who died following an incident at her home urged people to treat her mother "with love and compassion" during her funeral yesterday.

Zoe Whitford died in Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin last Tuesday, where she was being treated after emergency services were called to her home at Aubrey Grove on Saturday, February 10.

Her mother, Emer Cannon (42), has been charged with causing serious harm to Zoe and is currently remanded in custody.

There were heartbreaking scenes at the funeral in St Anne's Church in Shankill yesterday as Zoe's small white coffin was carried to the altar to Eric Clapton's 'Tears In Heaven'.

Before Requiem Mass, Zoe's father William addressed mourners from the altar and made a special mention of Zoe's mother, Emer.

"Zoe wants you to know how great a mother Emer is. Emer is completely loving and caring and devoted to her children," he said.

William Whitford (centre left) carries the coffin of his daughter, Zoe. Photo: Collins
William Whitford (centre left) carries the coffin of his daughter, Zoe. Photo: Collins

"Everybody who knows her knows that today is a consequence of post-natal depression fuelled by incessant internet and social media.

"Zoe's wish is that Emer be treated with love and compassion," he added. "Her wish was that everybody knows how happy her short life was. She loved going to Montessori.

"But most of all Zoe loved her family. Her first thoughts on waking every morning was for her brother Max."

Irish Independent

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