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“Saol Gearr “– “Short Lives“ Documentary

“Saol Gearr “– “Short Lives “
Hawkeye Films announce the forthcoming broadcast of “Saol Gearr – Short Lives” on Wednesday 12th April at 8.30 pm, on T.G 4
“Rachael was not going to be yet another stillbirth that would be forgotten.”(Charlotte McCauley, mother of baby Rachael)
For parents and families the experience of stillbirth is one of pain, sadness and deep loss. For generations stillborn babies were cloaked in a veil of silence by a society that found it difficult and discomforting to deal with stillbirths, who, were often, not officially documented or recognised. The charity Féileacáin (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland) has been to the fore in bringing the issue of stillbirth out of the shadows. Through its support network and remembrances services it has allowed parents give voice to their grief, their bereavement and in doing so have ensured that their stillborn children will not be forgotten.
“I think there was a reason that Phillip was with us, even though it was a very short time, he was with us for that short time, but maybe one day we’ll find out why he wasn’t able to stay with us, but we have to wait until that day.” (Matthew Lydon, father of baby Philip)
This documentary is an emotional journey of parents and families through the experience of stillbirth and how, through memory boxes, bereavement photography and cuddle cots, the presence and memories of their stillborn babies, live on.
“….we kept everything really, all the cards, little teddy bear, anything that was here that we used, that was given for Mark, even kept my labour nightdress which usually goes in the bin. So you keep everything, they are all memories and that`s all we have.” (Farrah Fox, mother of baby Mark)
Contact – Donal 091 638219, 087 2500644, info@hawkeyefilms.com
Produced & directed by Donal R.Haughey.

The Shortest Time | Colin Deady

A Beautiful song by Colin Deady, in honour of all our precious babies for this special day – Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Click the play button on the left of the player above

The song is also downloadable and can be purchased from our online store , all proceeds go to Féileacáin (Stillbirth & Neonatal Death Association of Ireland).

National Standards for Bereavement Care Following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death

Congratulations and well done to Anne Bergin and her hardworking team for completion of the National Standards for Bereavement care Following Pregnancy  Loss and Perinatal Death, launched by the Simon Harris Minister for Health today in Farmleigh.  Feileacain is delighted that appropriate care for bereaved families will be standardised throughout the country and parents can expect the same level of services regardless of where their baby is born.  Feileacain will continue to support parents in any way we can, as well as the professionals who are most often the first point of contact for parents facing the loss of their child.  We will continue  providing our Remembering…Memory Boxes, Cuddle Cots (both within the hospital and in the community), high spec cameras and memory cards, as well as developing our ‘Impressions so Precious’ project which offers parents a set of their baby’s hand and foot print in clay.  This service will be rolled out nationally over the next year.  Remember also that our Play Therapy, Counselling and Social Work services are available to bereaved families free of charge.  Again well done to all involved in the creation of the Standards and we look forward to their implementation.

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Feileacain Summer Ball Fundraiser!!

Janine and Darren Brooks are organising another black tie ball for Feileacain this year after such an amazing night last year. Janine and Darren are organising the ball in memory of their little daughter, Clarisse who was stillborn on the 22nd of September 2013.
The evening commences with a champagne and canapé reception at 6.00 pm, followed by a 5 course banquet dinner and an evening of dancing and great music.
Tickets cost 55 euro each and are available from the office: admin@feileacain.ie or ask for Aoife on 028 22407.
A great evening of fine dining, dancing and fun!
The Anner Hotel, Thurles. 23rd July 2016, 6 pm.

We hope to see you there.