Sinead O’Connor has said goodbye to her 17-year-old son Shane in a ‘very lovely Hindu ceremony’ after his tragic death.
Shane, the son of 55-year-old O’Connor and 74-year-old musician Donal Lunny, was found dead on January 7, two days after he went missing from hospital while on suicide watch, there had been a missing persons appeal from the Gardai.
Shane was laid to rest in a ceremony attended by 50 mourners including his mother and father at Newlands Cross Cemetery and Crematorium in West Dublin. In accordance with her son’s wishes, Shane had reportedly planned his own funeral before his death, O’Connor wore bright pink colours to the ceremony.
Posting on social media, O’Connor paid tribute to her ‘beautiful angel’ of a son, MailOnline reports.
She tweeted: ‘We just said goodbye to our beautiful angel, Shaney. Very lovely Hindu ceremony. Shane will have loved it. He was always chanting “Om. Shanti”.
‘I put a few packs of fags in the coffin for him in case there’s none in heaven. He’ll have loved that too. Om. Shanti.’
In the days after Shane’s death, O’Connor reportedly threatened a hospital with a lawsuit and slammed mental health services in Ireland, saying ‘we all failed him’.
The singer tweeted about her son being brought to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services a month before he died after leaving suicide notes with detailed funeral plans, Mirror reports.
O’Connor says her son was discharged from their care as he had ‘no plans’ and responded to objections from the adult accompanying Shane by saying ‘planning a funeral is no different to planning a wedding’.
According to CNN, the singer was herself admitted to hospital after a series of ‘disturbing’ Twitter posts.
An hour after making the posts she apologised and reassured people she was seeing medical attention.
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