The annual Saying Goodbye service for anyone who has lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in early years, or who has been affected by a family member or friend’s loss, returns to Belfast Cathedral on June 2.
This year, the Mariposa Trust, which runs these services across the UK, has extended the services to welcome anyone who is grieving the fact that they haven’t had children.
“This may be due to circumstance, infertility or for other reasons – but all are welcome,” said a spokesperson.
The service is open to anyone affected by the loss of a baby, whether that loss was recent or 80 years ago.
Babies and children are also invited to come with their family, as the Saying Goodbye service is a family event for all.
The service in St Anne’s begins at 3.30pm and is part of a series of national remembrance services allowing bereaved parents, families and friends to join together in acknowledging and remembering babies that have gone too soon.