HEARTBROKEN Sinead O’Connor today laid a pack of cigarettes in the coffin of her tragic son Shane ‘in case there aren’t any in heaven’ as she bid a moving farewell to her ‘beautiful angel”.
The 17-year-old had battled mental health demons and disappeared before Gardai last Saturday confirmed he had been ‘traceably deceased’.
Today, friends and family comforted the singer and Shane’s father, folk musician Donal Lunny, as the youngster was remembered at a private Hindu service.
Sinead wore a pink tracksuit and green scarf after she and Donal asked mourners attending memorials for Shane to wear bright colors in his honor.
Nothing compares to 2 U, 55 a singer later tweeted, “We just said goodbye to our beautiful angel, Shaney. Very beautiful Hindu ceremony. Shane will have loved it.
“He was still chanting ‘Om. Shanty”. I put a few packs of fags in the coffin for him in case there weren’t any in heaven. He would have loved it too. Om. Shanty.
Close family and friends gathered outside a funeral home in Bray on Friday to pay their respects following Shane’s untimely death last week.
In an online obituary, his parents previously shared how they will “remember with love forever” their tragic son, Shane.
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Mother Sinead told fans on Twitter that she felt “lost” since tragically losing her boy, who she described as the “very light of my life”.
The devastated singer has spoken openly about her despair and how she seeks hospital support.
She also tweeted how she feels “lost without [her] child” and added, “The hospital will help for a while.”
Before the memorial, she also said, “I’m sorry for what I tweeted yesterday.
“I am very upset. My son was the love of my life.”
Sinead also told his former partner Donal how much Shane loved him and what a lovely parent he had been.
A message opposite the funeral home read: “We all love you Shane Lunny.”
Friends and family consoled each other, some dressed in Hindi clothing acknowledging Shane’s religion, as tears flowed.
A memorial service to celebrate Shane’s life, for his family and close friends, will be held at Martello, Bray tomorrow from 2-5pm.
The family also requested that “colorful clothing be preferred” for those in attendance.
They also asked that family flowers be sent only and that donations be made to Pieta House.
Sinead also said Shane was “declared a genius” at just eight years old and explained how she believed he had psychic abilities.
In his book Rememberings, released last year, Sinead wrote: “Shane was assessed at the age of eight and declared a genius. I was told he had the learning ability, vocabulary and mathematical reasoning of a 16 year old.
“He started studying science at a college with adults in Dublin, but he didn’t like going there, so it didn’t last long.
“Shane is an extremely special character, very, very psychic and very, very spiritualized. When he was three years old, he once asked me, ‘Were you in an earthquake when I was in your womb? ‘ At first I said no because I had forgotten that I had been.
“When it had been in my womb for two weeks – I didn’t even know I was pregnant – I was on holiday in Malta and there was an earthquake. I never thought about it again, I didn’t never talked about it.
“I never told the child; I don’t even think I told anyone else. Yet this three-year-old was able to tell me that I was actually in an earthquake, and I don’t know how he knew that.
Sinead announced Shane’s passing on Twitter last week, saying: “My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, has decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God.
BE IN PEACE
“May he rest in peace and no one will follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace:”
She then tweeted a Bob Marley song that she dedicated to Shane: “This is for my Shaney. The light of my life.
“The lamp of my soul. My baby with blue eyes. You will always be my light. We will always be together. No borders can separate us.
Musicians like Imelda May and Shane MacGowan, named after Shane, were among those who offered their condolences and support to the bereaved family.
You’re not alone
If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can call the Samaritans free of charge 24 hours a day for confidential assistance on 116 123 or email [email protected]
You can also call the free national bereavement support line run by the HSE and the Irish Hospice Foundation on 1800 80 70 77 (Mon-Fri 10am-1pm), and contact details for a range of support in mental health are available at mentalhealthireland.ie/get-support.
You can also contact Pieta House on their helpline on 1800 247 247, while people can also text HELP to 51444 to contact an adviser.