The REAL Super Heroes, ‘Saying Goodbye’ Support for Grieving Parents & Teacher’s STRESS. Episode 37 of The Sue Atkins Parenting Show

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Episode 37


Tweet of The Week @JoshRossiPhoto Josh set out a few months ago to photo children who have been through hell and back and have real superhuman strength!

With the help of his wife Josh Rossi they worked to create the most amazing photoshoot of kids with disease and disabilities. The idea was to showcase their inner strength in a way that would bring a smile to their faces as well as others struggling with similar issues. He then gave them a life size photo of themselves dressed as their super hero and the video is just so moving.

There is Kayden Kinckle a 5 yr old who has been a double amputee for most of his life.

Sofie Loftus who was diagnosed at only 3 yrs old with a rare form of cancer called Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma.

Teagan Pettit who was born with only half a heart.

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Saying Goodbye – by Zoe Clark-Coates

I came upon Zoe through Twitter due to her remembrance services in Cathedrals around the UK. The Saying Goodbye Services are the first international set of remembrance services for people who have lost a child at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, whether the loss be recent or 80 years ago.

 Since 2012, over 70 services have been held across the UK, North America and France, allowing many thousands of people to remember the babies they have lost. The services are completely free to attend, do not need tickets or any advance bookings, and are open to anyone of any faith or no faith. They have been strategically located, to make them accessible to as many people as possible, and services take place within 60-90 minutes of the majority of the UK population.

 The Mariposa Trust is a non-religious charity, but has seen the importance of the Saying Goodbye services taking place in magnificent Cathedrals, Minsters and Abbey’s. These venues are used for the most important events of state, from coronations and weddings to important civic events, and services of remembrance should take no less a place within society. The services include secular music, poetry, acts of remembrance and other elements.

Saying Goodbye provides comprehensive information, advice, support and much more to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby, at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy

Zoe Clark-Coates’ ‘Saying Goodbye’ is an award winning charity. Following the loss of five babies, she co-founded the charity ‘The Mariposa Trust’ (widely known by the name ‘Saying Goodbye’) with her husband Andy, enabling her to use her training as a counsellor, as well as an innovative leader to steer the charity to become a leading support organisation in the UK and globally, providing support that reaches over 50,000 people each week.

Honest and essential. Finally a book written by someone who gets baby loss and understands what it feels like. This is a tale of loss but also a tale of healing and offers amazing support and guidance. I wish that this book had been around in some of my darkest days when I was deep in grief. Practical, supportive and straight from the heart. This should be the go to book for those experiencing baby loss and the how to book for those supporting friends and family. Excellent’

To find out more about the wonderful work Saying Goodbye does click here


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