A very sad article about the child funerals. This is a reality for some and a possible nightmare for others. This article takes you into that reality
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The article, Child funerals: Steps taken to ease burden, by Laura McDaid states,
“Bailey Kerr was just three days old when he died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast.
For his mother Christine Herron, “everything just fell apart” on that day in July 2015.
“It’s hard to describe the grief,” said the County Armagh woman.
“He died in my arms and after that, everything was a blur. I couldn’t function,” she said.
So when a staff member at the hospital enquired about Bailey’s funeral arrangements, she was taken aback.
“It’s something that hadn’t entered my mind. Of course I knew he would be unwell, but I was only ever willing him to survive.
“It’s unnatural for any parent to bury a child and I honestly hadn’t thought about it.”
Thankfully for Christine, her brothers stepped in to take the pressure off.
“They just took control of the situation and paid for it and I’ll always be grateful for that because I don’t know how I would have done it otherwise.”
Although her brothers did not want to be reimbursed, Christine insisted on paying the money back.
“I gave them the final payment just this month. It was important to me to do that for Bailey.”
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