Emmeline honoured: Sad but uplifting

Emmeline honoured: Sad but uplifting
Billy and Lanlih Holland with their daughter, Emmeline.

Privacy is, as more and more people — not just Harry and Meghan — have discovered, a priceless thing. Once surrendered, it is gone. Some squander it crassly.

Others do it for the highest reasons. Others still, those who share raw, private grief to bring real change to people’s lives, do it for the very noblest reasons.

On Friday night, on the Late Late Show, Billy and Lanlih Holland shared the story of their daughter Emmeline’s all-too-short life. Emmeline died, aged six months, last year.

Her parents, and others, too, shared their tragic story to raise funds for childcare.

By doing so (remember, they need not have), Billy and Lanlih showed an everyday greatness, humanity, and warmth that honoured their daughter’s memory.

Their honesty, and the love they radiated for their child, was so powerful that €470,000 has been raised already. More is expected.

Billy Holland said no words could describe the grief he and Lanlih felt when Emmeline died, but by theiractions, their selflessness, they shone a light from a dark tunnel, one others in a similar situation must find comforting.

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