Support Sought for Whelan Family

A photo posted on the GoFundMe page raising money for the Whelan family shows Shannon Whelan, in the middle, with her children and parents, David and Mary Whelan, and her brother. The Whelan family/GoFundMe

A GoFundMe page has been established on behalf of the family of Shannon Whelan, a Sag Harbor native and mother of three who died on Jan. 6 after going into cardiac arrest upon her arrival in Sydney, Australia. Ms. Whelan, 38, had spent 17 days in the States over the holidays, her mother, Mary Whelan, said on Friday.

David Whelan, Ms. Whelan’s father, and her sister, Christa, remain in Australia to deal with logistics before returning to this country, according to an update posted on the site. Information about funeral and memorial services will be reported when it becomes available.

“We are continuing to raise funds which the family will be able to apply to medical expenses, travel, and logistical expenses and costs that may be associated with future visits to see Shannon’s children in the months and years to come,” Elizabeth Merrick, a family friend, wrote. “Thank you for your generosity, prayers, and love.”

Anyone wishing to contribute can visit Ms. Whelan’s GoFundMe page by searching “support for Shannon Whelan and her family” at