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A remembrance service is to be held in Malmesbury as part of a national service for people who have sadly lost a baby or babies, whether during pregnancy, at birth, or infancy.

On Saturday at 3.30pm at Malmesbury Abbey, friends and family members who have suffered the loss of a baby can join together in acknowledgement and remembrance at the Saying Goodbye Service.

The service has been organised by The Mariposa Trust, a charity which held its first service in 2012 and provides support which reaches over 50,000 people each week through its six divisions offering support through baby loss, pregnancy after baby loss, fertility, adoption and more.

The Mariposa Trust was founded by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who suffered the loss of five babies.

After seeing there was an extreme lack of support available to parents like themselves, they set up Saying Goodbye services.

Five years on, the charity now holds services in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, France and the US and is looking to expand further.

Mrs Clark-Coates, said: "We invite anyone who has gone through or has been affected by baby loss, to join us for this special event.

"Come and join with others who have been through a similar experience, in remembering all those who have gone too soon, because every baby matters."

The Saying Goodbye services are the first international set of remembrance services for people who have suffered the loss of a baby at any stage, and whether it was recently or decades ago.

They also welcome anyone grieving the fact they have been unable to have children.

It is filled with music, poems and acts of remembrance, and the services are for people of any or no faith and are free to attend.

No booking is required and people are invited to bring friends, family and children with them.

The Mariposa Trust aims to create remembrance services that allow people to grieve in a supportive environment, create a comprehensive support structure, allowing people to access the support they need and change the taboo nature of baby loss, allowing for more open discussion, acceptance and support.

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