Cot death toddler’s parents launch bereavement project

A couple in Galway who lost their 16-month-old toddler to cot death have launched a special initiative to help other bereaved parents. 

‘Rosabel’s Rooms’ was set up in partnership with the Irish Hospice Foundation to provide a dignified and private space for grieving families in hospitals around the country.

The Room to Heal fund will also provide financial and therapeutic support for people in the aftermath of devastating news.

Although family life goes on in Barna, Co Galway, for parents Suzanne McClean and Gary Monroe with their six-year-old son Ruben and their dogs Juno and George, the absence of their daughter Rosabel is a heartbreak they live with daily. Parents Gary Monroe and Suzanne McClean Rosabel’s brother Ruben with pets Juno and George

Just over a year and a half ago – in April 2017 – the healthy toddler died in her cot at home.

In the aftermath of their daughter’s death, Suzanne and Gary set up a charity in her memory.

As well as providing private space in hospitals for grieving families, the Room to Heal fund will also provide financial assistance for funerals, family breaks and therapeutic support for families.

The charity is being run in conjunction with the Irish Hospice Foundation.

The Monroe’s family pub is a well known music venue in Galway city and to date numerous events have taken place there to support Rosabel’s Rooms.

Now a special night of music is taking place in the Black Box in the city on Wednesday 12 December. 

Beyond the Music presents a multi-layered production of the U2 album ‘The Joshua Tree’. The music is performed by a live band, choir and orchestra.

Musicians Nigel Connell and Brendan Reaburn said they are gifting the night to Gary and Suzanne as part of their drive to get donations for Rosabel’s Rooms.

Full details of the charity night are available on the pub’s website at Monroes.ie.