UK MUM revealed she kept her daughter’s body at home for 11 days after she died.

Georgia Fieldsend, 3, died in Egypt after a brain aneurysm on December 25, 2013, and was flown home to Surrey in the UK, reports The Sun.

She had been holidaying with her family in Sharm el-Sheikh when she collapsed into her mother’s arms and died five days later.

Her heartbroken mum, Ilse Fieldsend, has since said she would lie beside her daughter’s body and tell her how much she loved her.

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She even told her daughter, who would have turned seven today, about the funeral arrangements.

She told The Telegraph: “I know some will think what we did was shocking, but to us it made sense.

“Our daughter’s body belonged with us, not in a morgue. Having her at home helped us grieve.”

In order to have their child with them at home Ilse and her husband James signed a transfer of care form before their daughter was brought home in a portable hospital bed.

Funeral directors reportedly told the family if they kept her bedroom door shut and her window open, she would be in fine conditions.

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Ilse said Georgia’s younger brother, Joshua, then two, saw her body and even gave her “morning cuddles”.

The night before their daughter’s funeral the couple lay either side of her and held her hands.

Georgia’s death saw six lives saved as she became an organ donor before her life support was turned off.

Reflecting on the decision to bring their daughter’s body home, Ilse said it was “a beautiful thing to be able to do”.

In February we shared a Mum spent 16 days creating memories  with her dead baby girl – taking her home in her own carseat and going for walks in the pram. Read more on that HERE.

Such a heartbreaking story. I can’t imagine how difficult that was for the family.

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  • it was what they needed and it would have been nice for them to have the time to process what had happened.


  • I can understand how this would be a comfort, actually.


  • Everyone needs their own way and time to grieve.


  • Must be so hard to say good bye and putting the body of your child under the earth or burned into ashes, which are such definite acts. I can imagine you want to spend time with what is left of your child (it’s body) as long as possible.


  • I would have thought they would have put her body in a special cool/cold cot/bed like they sometimes do with babies in hospitals when parents want to spend extra time with the child who has passed away.


  • I fully understand everyone grieves differently, at different rates. But to me this is just a tad creepy. All I can think is the body would be stiff and discoloured, it’s no longer your child, your child has gone. While I would want to have good bye time, it wouldn’t be to this extent


  • I think if your baby dies you should be able to do whatever you need to do.


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