A MUM has used her heartache of losing a child to help other parents who have suffered a bereavement of a child or baby.
Hannah Hughes, 23, of Ballafesson, Rushen, lost four-year-old son Harvey in May, when he died from numerous health issues.
Following his death Hannah set up a Facebook group called Look to the Moon, for women who have lost a child through late miscarriage, termination due to medical issues, still birth, accident or illness.
The group currently has 40 members, which consists of mostly local people.
Hannah is married to Pete and is a mother to 10-month-old Leo and step-mother to Emma, six. She said: ‘We were offered counselling and invited to go to a meeting but found that the only people who would understand how we are feeling is other people who have lost children.
‘Being able to speak to other mums who are going through the devastating loss of a child has made me feel less alone.’
A butterfly barbeque will be held on August 18 at Ballafesson Chapel hall, where a candle lighting ceremony and balloon release will take place.
Mums will be given butterfly-shaped cards to write messages on, which can then be tied to the balloons. Hannah said: ‘My hope for the barbeque is just that families can meet others in the same situation and can feel free to talk about their child in a safe environment, with people who genuinely understand.’
Parents, partners, children and family members are welcome to attend.
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