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HUNDREDS of families who have suffered the pain of baby loss at any stage of pregnancy, birth or in infancy are invited to join a service to pay tribute to their lost babies.

The service is being held on Saturday at 3pm at Portsmouth Cathedral, Portsmouth and it has been organised by charity The Mariposa Trust.

The Saying Goodbye services were set up three years ago by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who lost five children through miscarriage.

Their aim is to help families and provide an opportunity for people to say goodbye.

Andy said: ‘Having lost five babies, we experienced how loss can affect people. 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.’

The service in Portsmouth will be the 50th service for the charity and will feature music, poetry and readings, mixed with acts of remembrance and time for reflection.

The service is free to attend and open to anyone of any faith or no faith.

We experienced firsthand how loss can affect people. We wanted to create services that would give a wonderful goodbye to babies that have been lost.

Andy Clark-Coates, founder of the Mariposa Trust