About The Mariposa Trust
When someone is going through loss, they can feel a wide range of emotions from anger to blame to deep guilt, and of course an overwhelming sense of grief.
How and when a person feels able to work through the grief is completely down to each individual, but as a charity, we want to ensure that at whatever point that is, we can provide a comprehensive support service to them.
Today the charity provides a wide range of resources, information, advice, support, befriending, campaigning and much more, not only in the UK, but internationally
A brief history of The Mariposa Trust
The Mariposa Trust (also known as Saying Goodbye) is a Charity that was officially established in 2013, however the work of the trust started in 2012.
It was initially set-up to oversee the work of the Saying Goodbye division and steer various projects. Subsequently, it developed five further divisions including GrowingYou, Holding Hope, Waiting for You, Love in Every Tear and So Cherished.
The primary function of the charity is to support anyone who have been affected by the loss of a child at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy. This is provided through remembrance services at Cathedrals, Minsters, Abbeys (and due to Covid-19 online gatherings as well), (over 150 by the end of 2020), and via a support service, which is accessed by over 50,000 people each week globally.
Additionally the trust works with Government, MP’s, Peers and Medical Professionals to improve the care and support of people pre, during and post baby loss.
The Trust is led by the founders Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who are Trustee/Directors, and they are supported by a wonderful set of trustees and an international team, who assist in coordinating the work of the charity across the UK and worldwide.
Saying Goodbye was originally established as a not-for-profit division of CCEM (the events business run by Zoe and Andy), but as it grew, it became a charity in its own right. CCEM continue to be involved in the charities work, organising all of the services and events for the charity.
The Founders & Trustees of The Mariposa Trust
Zoe & Andy Clark-Coates
Zoe & Andy are parents to two daughters, and founded the charity following the loss of 5 babies between 2007 and 2011.
They combined their skills in business management, events and marketing, as well as training in counselling to create the first international services of remembrance for people affected by baby loss, and establish the charity.
Today they lead the global Mariposa Trust team, alongside Zoe’s role as the co-chair of the National Pregnancy Loss Review on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health, and as a multi-best-selling author on loss and grief.