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Remembrance service for lost babies

Andy Clark-Coates Photo: Family photo

A service of remembrance for families who have lost children during pregnancy or infancy will be held at Birmingham Cathedral today.

It's been organised by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who have lost five children themselves.

The couple set up a not for profit organisation called Saying Goodbye 5 months ago Credit: Family photo

The couple, from Sutton Coldfield, who now have two daughters, set up a not for profit organisation called Saying Goodbye 5 months ago.

They felt it was important to have a support system in place for families who have never had the chance to say a proper goodbye to their children.

Services across the country will take place and more than 20 are planned by the end of next year.

The couple felt it was important to have a support system in place for families who have never had the chance to say a proper goodbye Credit: Family photo

Saying Goodbye Founder Zoe said :

"Having lost five babies, we experienced firsthand how loss can affect you. We wanted to create services that would give a wonderful goodbye to babies that have been lost, and allow the parents to grieve in a supportive environment.

"When you have parents saying 'this is the first time in 50-years that I am being able to grieve and say goodbye', you understand that whether it happened yesterday or half a century ago, the pain is still there, and people need help and support. We hope that people will join with us tomorrow and remember these lives."

– Zoe Clark-Coates

One in four pregnancies, or 250,000 per year end in miscarriage and 4000 babies are lost through still birth.

The service in Birmingham starts at 3:30 pm and is open to people of all faiths and no-faith.