Saying goodbye service at Ely Cathedral for anybody who has suffered the loss of a baby

The Mariposa Trust is running a baby loss service at Ely Cathedral

The Mariposa Trust is running a baby loss service at Ely Cathedral - Credit: Archant

A special Saying Goodbye baby loss event is taking place at Ely Cathedral this month.

The Mariposa Trust, one of the leading UK charities that supports people who have lost babies at any stage of pregnancy, birth or in infancy, have teamed up for the remembrance service.

It takes place on Sunday November 13 at 6.30pm.

Charlotte Foster, of the trust, said: “One in four women suffer miscarriage and baby loss.

“The service is for anyone who has either personally lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in early years, or anyone who has been affected by a family member’s or friend’s loss.

“Whether the loss was recent, or 80 years ago, everyone is welcome.

“We have also extended the services to welcome anyone who is grieving the fact that they haven’t had children.

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“This may be due to circumstance, infertility or for other reasons - but all are welcome.

“Babies and children are also invited to come with their family, as the Saying Goodbye service is truly a family event for all.”

The trust was founded in 2012, by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who saw a critical need to launch a new support organisation.

With more than 258,000 babies being lost yearly in the UK, the charity needed to be able to offer not only befriending and support, but also national baby loss remembrance services, called Saying Goodbye Services, which would all take place at cathedrals and minsters across the UK.

Since its launch 68 services have taken place and 2016 will see a further 20 in the UK, USA, France and Canada.