We are a close family of sisters Aishleen, Katie-Anne, Charlotte and our brother Sheridan. We live in the small and beautiful village of Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon in the West of Ireland.
We know what it is like to lose a sibling. We have lost three. First Declan when we were children, then Jacinta and then Fintan as adults.
We have our great inspiration of all things heartfelt and real—our dad Frank. We have our great holder of life and relentless love—our mother Helen. And also, we have our reasons to carry on with living life as normal as possible—our nephew Ethan.
We set up this organisation because we are simply a family that has been through death. Slowly through each day we learn to survive for each other. And we will continue to move through it.
This is who we are:
- Aishleen, is a surveyor. She is the sister that keeps us on our toes in terms of business and thinking bigger and beyond.
- Katie-Anne, is a Social Care Worker and currently studying Holistic Psychotherapy. She is our wordsmith and has an ability to allow you to feel understood and heard in your heartache.
- Charlotte, is currently living in Australia and brining up her young family. She is our creator of the smaller stuff, the imagination, the added thoughts and ideas that bring everything together. She is our child whisperer.
- Sheridan is our biggest supporter and always helps out and joins in the fun on our adventure days.
We are a team. We all have so much to offer in terms of this organisation in bringing awareness of grief to siblings that are feeling forgotten, for both children and young adults.
We always endeavour to hold each other up when the other may be feeling buried in sadness of how difficult our losses can be. We all feel it at different times and are there to pick up the little pieces that death has left in us.
We set up this organisation so that the death of a sibling is really acknowledged. That the saddness and heartache of its complicated relationship is not bypassed and is brought to light in all of its forms. for those that have the experience of sibling loss and for those that are looking to understand what it may be like.
We are passionate about creating a sense of belonging and hope for bereaved children and young adults.
With warmth and breath,
The JS Team.