29 September 2017
A Saying Goodbye service is to be held at Lincoln Cathedral on Sunday, 8th October 2017 (2pm). Organised by The Mariposa Trust, which provides global support to people each week who have experienced or been affected by baby loss, this will be the 96th service that the charity has held since September 2012, and will be one of over 20 taking place this year.
Described as ‘uplifting and moving services filled with music, poems, acts of remembrance and more’, they have reportedly been attended by thousands of people, who have found healing and solace by attending. Zoe Clark-Coates, who founded and runs The Mariposa Trust with her husband, Andy, has commented: “The experience of baby loss affects people deeply, often impacting key areas of their life, including health, relationships and work. People often feel isolated, and due to the taboo nature of loss, their pain and grief is seldom dicussed or properly acknowledged. The Saying Goodbye services give people the opportunity to publicly remember and commemorate their losses, which is often the first time they have been able to do so.”
Although the services are held in cathedrals and similar venues, they are open to anyone of any faith or no faith, are free to attend, and a welcome is extended not only to individuals and couples who have been through loss, but also their extended family and friends. Children are welcome to attend, and there is no need to pre-book, as the services are not ticketed events.
The Mariposa Trust provides support that is said to reach over 50,000 people each week globally via six support divisions that provide a range of support options from online support and using social media to befrienders and therapy. Full information on the work of the Saying Goodbye division, including the services, support and resources available, can be found at www.sayinggoodbye.org, and further information on the charity can be found at www.mariposatrust.org.