Soul Tears is a new organisation – Founded by people who understand the journey of loss and grief, of pain and tears…but importantly who also know the value of holding on tightly to hope. Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates set up the charity the Mariposa Trust, also known by its primary division’s name ‘Saying Goodbye’, following going through the loss of five babies, and finding a lack of support available to them. They knew they had to do something to help others like them, so used their skills in international event management, marketing and PR, and combined this with Zoe’s training as a counsellor, to set up the first international services of remembrance ‘Saying Goodbye’.
These services allow people who have experienced baby loss, whether during pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, to have their babies remembered and acknowledged. Held at Cathedrals and Minsters across the UK and now internationally, countless thousands have been able to find solace and hope, at these beautiful events.
Many support departments within The Mariposa Trust soon opened, and as of August 2018, six standalone divisions offer support, and over 50,000 people access it weekly.
Another core activity of the charity is campaigning the government for change, and it is a proud stakeholder with the Department of Health. Early in 2018, Zoe was seconded by the Secretary of State for Health to oversee the national pregnancy /baby loss review, which is looking to transform the treatment of people who suffer baby loss in the UK.
Both Zoe and Andy are widely used by the media as experts on grief and loss, with regular appearances on the BBC and ITV, as well as being on numerous radio shows and writing for the Huffington Post, The Times and other publications.
In 2017, Zoe’s debut book entitled ‘Saying Goodbye’ was published, quickly becoming a best-seller, and her follow-up books ‘The Baby Loss Guide’ and ‘Beyond Goodbye’ are coming out in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Zoe and Andy are assisted by an amazing team of event, marketing and support experts, to bring Soul Tears to you.