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Rosabel’s Rooms

Author: Rebecca Kelly
21 April 2018
  • Rosabel Mary Monroe

Today marks the first anniversary of the sudden and unexpected death of Rosabel Monroe, aged just 16 months, in Galway City.

In memory of their beloved daughter, her parents Suzanne McClean and Gary Monroe, have established Rosabel’s Rooms in collaboration with Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF).

Launched on January 5 2018, (which would have been Rosabel’s 2nd birthday), the project will develop three activities:

  1. Through the Design & Dignity Programme at the IHF, this project will facilitate the development of family-friendly bereavement suites in hospital emergency departments around Ireland, which will provide comfort and dignity for families following the loss of a loved one.
  1. Through the Room-to-Heal fund, the project will facilitate direct financial support to families, when a child dies in Ireland. This will help to accommodate taking time off work, paying for funeral costs etc.
  1. Over time, the project will work to ensure required therapeutic supports are made available for individuals impacted by child loss.

Sharon Foley CEO of the IHF Said: “We hope this partnership with Rosabel’s Rooms will give families sanctuary to be together in private at extremely difficult times. The essence of Design & Dignity is to convey a sense of reverence and respect for life, death and bereavement.”

For more information about Rosabel’s Rooms, email:

To donate to Rosabel’s Rooms, click here

Design & Dignity is part of the Hospice Friendly Hospitals (HFH) Programme is an IHF initiative to ensure that palliative, end of life and bereavement care are central to the everyday business of hospitals. To date, the Design and Dignity Project has supported 34 projects around Ireland enabling hospitals to create relaxing spacious family rooms, inpatient suites and maternity bereavement suites and upgraded mortuaries into welcoming, respectful environments. For more information, click here

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