St Albans Cathedral is hosting a service for anyone affected by the loss of a baby - whether during pregnancy, at birth or during infancy.

The 'Saying Goodbye' service will be held at 7pm on Monday, October 9, and is run by the Mariposa Trust baby loss charity.

The services are open to people of all faiths or none, whether the loss is long ago or recent, and anyone grieving never having children is also welcome to attend.

Thousands of people have attended Mariposa Trust services, which are filled with music, poems, acts of remembrance and more.

The charity was founded by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who sadly suffered the loss of five babies, and found there was a lack of support available for parents in their situation.

Zoe said: "Our services are a wonderful opportunity for mothers, fathers, siblings and extended family to say goodbye to their babies and show they are truly loved they are.

"This service marks the start of Baby Loss Awareness Week. Our job at the Mariposa Trust is to ensure every child is recognised, however fleeting their existence.

"We invite anyone who has gone through or been affected by baby loss, to join us for this special event."