Chloe was just 22 years old when she died. Always the life and soul of the party and surrounded by family and friends, she had a job she loved and was beginning to find her independence.
She was so excited about the future and her family proudly watched her bloom.
But a tragic accident changed everything in the blink of an eye.
Chloe suffered fatal injuries when the tractor she was riding on overturned during what began as a happy day at the beach with her boyfriend.
Chloe’s mum Karen was distraught. Twelve years earlier she had to break the news to her children that their dad had died suddenly. Karen thought that was the worst time of her life. She never imagined her anguish at having to telling her son that his sister had died too.
Karen could not bear to think of her vibrant, healthy daughter in a hospital mortuary or a funeral home. She didn’t know where to turn.
Thankfully she knew of Ty Gobaith and the Snowflake Room, a special temperature controlled room where children who have died can spend time before their funeral so that their families and friends can say goodbye in their own time and in their own way.
When Karen heard Chloe could come to Ty Gobaith she breathed again. She felt that she was getting her beautiful daughter back.
Karen found her favourite photo of Chloe. She was wearing her bobble hat and fluffy jacket and had her hair in pigtails. Karen searched for those clothes and gave them and the photo to the nurses at Ty Gobaith.
The nurses put Chloe to bed in the Snowflake Room. They dressed her and did her hair and make-up. Chloe looked stunning. She looked like herself.
More than 50 of Chloe’s friends and family came to Ty Gobaith. Some sat in the private garden outside the Snowflake Room with Karen, some sat and chatted to Chloe and said their goodbyes. They cried and they laughed together. The nurses looked after them too.
Her best friends came and put an angel wing bracelet on Chloe’s wrist so they could always be together. They brought her favourite scented candles and lit them and played her favourite Ed Sheeran CD over and over.
Those precious days at Ty Gobaith made Chloe’s family and friends feel that they had her back with them again. They all said it gave them the strength to carry on.
Karen is bravely sharing Chloe’s story because she wants everyone to know about the Snowflake Room and where to turn if tragedy ever touches their family.
She is also determined to help us raise the extra money we need to be here for every family that needs us – to ensure that no one faces the death of a child alone.
Currently three local families a week face the pain of losing their child. We can currently only afford to help one and this breaks our hearts. Please give if you can.