A Little Lifetime New Policy Statements

A Little Lifetime New Policy Statements

Striving for Excellence
Working together for a common goal begins within. We believe that our success as a charity is attributable to the values we live by: honesty; respect for our volunteers, staff, parents, families and others with whom we interact;. Teamwork; excellence, innovation and creativity and shared accountability for both our successes and shortcomings.

A Little Lifetime Foundation is committed to providing best practice with guidance from standards and policies to deliver our support services to everyone who needs them. Our Board of Directors review and amend policies and procedures in keeping with statutory policies and standards to ensure that we deliver an efficient and effective front-line service for parents and families.

“We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland”


A Little Lifetime New Policy Statements

About Us

Who We Are

A Little Lifetime Foundation (formerly Isands) is a voluntary organisation, founded in 1983 by a group of bereaved parents whose babies died before or at birth (stillbirth) or some time after birth (neonatal death).

What We Do

  • Publish and distribute our booklet “A Little Lifetime”.
  • Support bereaved parents and families whose baby has died or is expected to die.
  • Arrange regular Parents’ Support Meetings.
  • Publish our Newsletter twice yearly with information, views and experiences of bereaved parents and families.
  • Produce Information Leaflets.
  • Produce A Little Lifetime Foundation Memories Collection.
  • Organise Public Meetings.
  • Organise Inter-denominational Services of Remembrance.
  • Make representation to groups of professionals such as Doctors, Nurses, Clergy and other interested groups of the needs of bereaved parents and families.
  • Provide training for Support Team Volunteers.
  • Heighten awareness about perinatal death (the death of a baby around the time of birth).

Whom We Help

  • Families who know their baby has died prior to delivery or is likely to live only a short time after delivery.
  • Families recently bereaved through Stillbirth and Neonatal Death.
  • Families whose baby died a number of years ago but, due to social attitudes, were not permitted to grieve.
  • Families considering another pregnancy following the death of their baby.

When a baby dies you can show you care by doing the following:

  • Offer a hug, a tear, a sign of love and concern.
  • Use the baby’s name.
  • Listen even when the story is being told over and over again.
  • Let parents express feelings like guilt and anger.
  • Send a card/flowers or a gift – mementos are important. A Little Lifetime Foundation have appropriate cards and booklets to send at this time. If you click on A Little Lifetime Foundation Memories Collection you can view cards/booklets.
  • Allow children to share in the grief.
  • Remember fathers grieve too and sometimes it is more difficult for them to express their feelings. Ask how they are feeling.
  • Treat the death of a baby with the same respect and importance as the death of any close relative.
  • Remember to acknowledge the grandparents’ grief.

Although it is not always easy to know what to do or say, here are a couple of things you should avoid:

  • Don’t use platitudes or preach “You’ve an angel in heaven” or “You’re young, you’ll have another”. Although well-meaning they are not helpful and can be very hurtful.
  • Don’t take over and do all the organising, especially regarding any decision about the baby. This is the only chance parents have to do something for their baby.
  • If there are other children, don’t say that ‘God has taken the baby’ as children may fear that God will take them or their parents.

Stillbirth Registration
The Stillbirth Registration Act became effective in January 1995. The Act applies only in relation to a child born weighing 500 grams (1 Ib.60zs) or more – or having a gestational age of 24 weeks or more – who shows no sign of life at birth. Babies stillborn since January 1995 are now required to be registered.

As the Act is retrospective, babies born anytime before that date (weighing 500 grams or more, or 24 weeks gestation or more) may also be registered (on provision of relevant information). For more information on how to register a baby who died before January 1995, you can contact the ISANDS general phone number for details.

Recent available statistics have shown that, on average, over 500 babies die in Ireland annually. This means that, at or around the time of birth, more than one baby dies for every day of the year. Awareness of the needs of bereaved families at this time can ease the pain of their grief. A Little Lifetime Foundation continues with its efforts to increase awareness among the medical, nursing and clerical professions and the general public. Be aware that parents will need time to come to terms with their grief. The death of a baby is one of the most painful experiences that any parent can have. Remember that they have lost part of their future when their son or daughter died. Your understanding and warmth are valuable and will help them cope with their grief.


A Little Lifetime Foundation are always in need of funds!! The general running costs for all charities has increased enormously. The charity is run by volunteers but we need funds to continue the services we provide and develop new ways to provide information and offer support. Our literature is a life line for families and we need to ensure the publication and distribution of – A Little Lifetime and our twice yearly Newsletters.

We also want to continue to provide Facilitators (who are volunteers but need to be trained and supervised) and venues for our Parent Support Meetings and offer support on the phone. We also hope to continue to develop links with Health care Professionals and interested others and provide updated publications like our A Little Lifetime Foundation Guidelines for Professionals.

You can help by
Making a donation, buying Christmas cards and Memory Collection cards, participating in sporting events like – the mini marathon or organised events (sponsorship cards available from A Little Lifetime Foundation all year round). Some families also organise small fundraising events in their own area in memory of their baby. If you have any ideas for a fund raising event please let us know.

How to Contact A Little Lifetime Foundation

A Little Lifetime Foundation
18 Orion Business Campus,
Rosemount Business Park,
Dublin 15.

Telephone Number: 01 8829030
Email – info@alittlelifetime.ie

Other Informational Leaflets Available:

Creative Workshops

From our home base at 18 Orion, Allf creates a very special space for parents to come together to create beautiful keepsakes to remember their children. Ceramics, scrapbooking, flower arranging, baking, patch
making, teddy bears (made from your baby’s clothes/blankets), jewellery, candle decorating and many more.

Details of Creative Workshops on our facebook page or our online forum

A Little Lifetime New Policy Statements

ALLF Annual Subscription

A Little Lifetime Foundation  is a registered charity with support and services provided by volunteers.

We have been providing information and support to bereaved parents and families since 1983. Working with Health Care Professionals and Others to develop good practices in the area of Infant death.

Income from our Annual Subscriptions and donations provides a valuable source of funding for the charity. It enables us to continue providing, improving and developing our services and support for bereaved parents and families. It also helps us to educate and promote awareness through our literature and twice yearly newsletters.

Being an A Little Lifetime Foundation annual subscriber entitles you to receive two Newsletters per year, notification of any upcoming events, or developments.

Annual Subscription is  €15 per year or €7 if unwaged or an old age pensioner.

A Little Lifetime Foundation annual subscription form can be downloaded here and when completed, please send with a cheque/bank draft/postal order to our main office at

A Little Lifetime Foundation
18 Orion Business Campus,
Rosemount Business Park,
Dublin 15

Apply Online
You can also complete your annual subscription online here: just fill in the form details and complete your payment via the A Little Lifetime Foundation online shop.

You have also the option to pay Annual Subscription by standing order, which helps to reduce our administration costs. For further information on this please contact us at 01- 8829030, info@alittlelifetime.ie or write to address above.

Annual Subscription is for 1 year and ceases if not renewed.

ALLF National Remembrance Quilts

ALLF National Remembrance Quilts

A Little Lifetime Foundation Remembrance Quilt 1993

You are about to scroll through sections of the A Little Lifetime Foundation Remembrance Quilt (viewed on yellow background). This beautiful work of art was put together to mark the 10th Anniversary of A Little Lifetime Foundation (formerly ISANDS) and to help the campaign for a stillbirth register. It played an important and meaningful role in the campaign as most of the parents who made a patch for the Quilt would not have had State recognition for their baby’s short life.

The patches were sewn together by a Team of Quilters headed by Ann Moloney in Cork (Ann was a member of the old ISANDS committee in Cork and is now retired). The Quilt has over 700 patches on it, each patch made lovingly to remember a baby, a life. Parents and family members travelled from all over Ireland to present their patch in memory of their baby. Patches came from America, Canada and Holland in memory of a baby born in Ireland.

There are so many beautiful stories attached to each patch; stories waiting years to be told. Some of the patches made form pieces of wedding dresses and family Christening robes. One patch made by a lady, from the handkerchief of her late husband to mark the life of her baby born 52 years earlier. Another patch which can be seen on the Quilt is dated 1915. Most of the parents who made patches were parents bereaved long ago. Parents, who had little or no acknowledgment or recognition of their experience were given an opportunity to make a patch to remember their baby.
Each patch made is as unique as the child that it represents.

The finished Quilt measures over forty foot (40’) in length and has an eight foot (8’) drop.

Parents affected by Post Mortem/Organ Retention Scandal

You may be aware over the last couple of years the difficulties for parents and families who were affected by the Organ Retention scandal. As a gesture of acknowledgment A Little Lifetime Foundation had a special patch made to add to the National Quilt. We remember these babies with love and hope that their families find strength and support as they try to come to terms with their grief once more. The patch has flowers and leaves to mark the four seasons of the year, to symbolise the significance of a season to most parents, a season when their baby was born or when he or she died.

New Remembrance Quilt

We have been asked many times if patches could be added to the National Quilt and unfortunately this is not possible. However a New Quilt is in the making. Parents and family members and friends are once again given the opportunity to make a patch in memory of their baby. Some beautiful patches have already been received, are already sewn to sections of the new Quilt and can be viewed here on pages with purple backgrounds.

If you would like to make a patch the measurements are:- a square measuring 6 inches allowing a further 2 inches all the way around the completed 6 inches of work for sewing to the Quilt. Send it to: A Little Lifetime Foundation, 18 Orion Business Campus, Rosemount Business Park, Ballycoolin, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. (Ireland)


Click here to view the ALLF Virtual Quilt