Mini Marathon 2019

Mini Marathon 2019

On Sunday the 3rd of June, ALLF hosted participants for the VHI Mini Marathon in the Davenport Hotel.

General Parent Support Meetings

General Parent Support Meetings

Parent Support Meetings create an unique opportunity for parents to meet other bereaved parents.

We invite Dr. Peter Hanlon, retired Bereavement Therapist, HSE to outline various aspects of grief from his experience of working with families. He also facilitates discussions and gives parents the opportunity to bounce questions or open discussions about some of the new and sometimes scary feelings they may be experiencing. We have had wonderful feedback on the meetings and would like to thank Peter for his input and for travelling all over Ireland which allowed us to offer the same service to all parents.

Following Peters presentation we have an informal chat amongst ourselves. These are facilitated by members of the ALLF Support Team. Parents get the opportunity to chat to other parents which is so helpful and supportive.

Some parents may share their own experience or just listen to other parents telling their story. There is no pressure to talk at all. Very often just listening to others describe how they are feeling or coping can help us to relate to some of the feelings and emotions we may be experiencing but find it difficult to talk about ourselves. Hopefully the meetings create a space where you can say how it really is if you want to.

Peter also provides one to one professional counseling sessions for us and over the past few years this has proved to be invaluable to parents and families.

We are now hosting Dads Only Parent Support Meetings which have been a great development for the charity and the feedback is that they are very worthwhile and beneficial. Our thanks to Pat Egan, a Member of the Support Team and Dad to Liam and Peter for facilitating these meetings.

All our support services are free of charge.

We are also using skype to support parents who can’t make it to meetings or who live abroad.

Over the coming year we are developing the services even more.

If you have any questions or concerns about the meetings do not hesitate to give us a call –
Tel- 01 8829030 or
Email –

A full list of upcoming meetings can be found here

Oliver’s Footprints New Year’s Eve Ball

Oliver’s Footprints New Year’s Eve Ball

In memory of our son Oliver, we would like to raise much needed funds to support the wonderful work of A Little Lifetime Foundation. They are a voluntary organisation, who provides information and support to bereaved parents and families. They work with Health Care Professionals to develop good practices in the area of Infant death. They provide a much needed and valuable service. All proceeds from this event will go to support their work.

Oliver’s Ball will be held in the unique, magical ballroom of Thomas Prior Hall, Ballsbridge. This black tie event will begin at 7pm with reception drinks and canapés followed by a sumptuous four course meal. The night’s entertainment will include music from the fabulous LJJ Band, a 7-piece band who guarantees to fill the dance floor, entertain and ring in the New Year. A DJ will keep you dancing into 2014! There will be a few surprises about and you may be lucky in our raffle and auction. It will be a fun night for a great cause!

New Year’s Eve can be a nostalgic night for many, so please come and share this special night with your family and friends, while supporting and raising funds for this wonderful charity.

The Death Of Baby Florence: A Short Film

My maternal grandmother’s third child, Florence, died shortly after she was born. For religious reasons she wasn’t buried with her family. This is my search to find where Florence was buried and my journey to honor my grandparents’ pain.


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Blessing of Remembrance 29th May 2011

A sacred space where family and friends came together to remember the fifty thousand children buried in the Old Angels Memory Garden Glasnevin Cemetery. Father Seamus Ahearne Parish Priest (Finglas), Peter Hanlon (Bereavement Therapist HSE Dublin) and Christy Kenneally, Author of the beautiful poem ‘Dear Parents’ all came to pay tribute to our children. It was a beautiful day and beautiful celebration of the children’s short lives.

Here are some of our keepsake pictures.