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‘My daughter Brianna’s death left me in a fog but support from Rosabel’s Rooms helped me breathe and grieve’

When Arabella Scanlan lost her nine-year-old daughter she was unprepared for the mental and financial strain. She found help and healing with Rosabel’s Room, a service set up by Dr Suzanne McClean and Gary Monroe who also lost their beloved daughter and wanted to help others in her memory

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Arabella Scanlan from Killaloe, Co Clare. Photo: Don Moloney

Arabella Scanlan from Killaloe, Co Clare. Photo: Don Moloney

Arabella Scanlan from Killaloe, Co Clare.

Arabella Scanlan from Killaloe, Co Clare.

Brianna Lynch, who loved to ride on her beloved horse Simbo, died in 2019

Brianna Lynch, who loved to ride on her beloved horse Simbo, died in 2019

Brianna Lynch loved to ride on her horse Simbo, pictured with her sister Rose

Brianna Lynch loved to ride on her horse Simbo, pictured with her sister Rose

Brianna Lynch, who died in 2019

Brianna Lynch, who died in 2019

Arabella Scanlan from Killaloe, Co Clare with her dog Tony. Photo: Don Moloney

Arabella Scanlan from Killaloe, Co Clare with her dog Tony. Photo: Don Moloney

Arabella Scanlan from Killaloe, Co Clare with her horse Mundersfield. Photo: Don Moloney

Arabella Scanlan from Killaloe, Co Clare with her horse Mundersfield. Photo: Don Moloney

Rosabel Monroe, who died suddenly in 2016 at 16 months old

Rosabel Monroe, who died suddenly in 2016 at 16 months old

Dr Suzanne McClean and her daughter Rosabel pictured on her Christening day

Dr Suzanne McClean and her daughter Rosabel pictured on her Christening day

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Arabella Scanlan from Killaloe, Co Clare. Photo: Don Moloney

The death of a child is the most difficult experience any parent can face. It is the loss of their child and the loss of the dreams and hopes that they held for them. Sadly, many families have had to face into this, the cruellest of losses. But what they might not expect to have to navigate is financial uncertainty and the mental strain that comes with that in addition to their grief.

For people like Arabella Scanlan from Killaloe, Co Clare, whose beautiful daughter Brianna Lynch passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in November 2019 at just nine years old, these were exactly the worries she found herself facing. Arabella says, “When I talk about Brianna, I think of the laughter because she was a hoot. She was so happy. She had so many hurdles facing her but there are so many happy and fond memories too.”


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