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Kym Marsh has heartbreakingly revealed how some people avoided going to her son Archie’s funeral because they "couldn’t cope".
The 44 year old former Coronation Street star candidly opened up about the loss of her son Archie, who was born 18 weeks premature and died moments after his birth.
Kym Marsh spoke with Gethin Jones and Reverend Kate Bottley about grief and death on BBC One’s Morning Live, which received praise after its launch earlier this week.
Kym, who recently revealed she dream texted Craig David, candidly said: “I’ve got personal experience as well, when I lost my son Archie 11 years ago now.
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“I lost him very late on in my pregnancy. I personally didn’t want to talk about it, initially, because I felt that if I talked about it, it would be real and it was almost like I hadn’t got to the point where I was accepting anything yet.
“But, equally I found that people didn’t know what to say to me or how to talk to me so therefore avoided that completely.”
Kym then heartbreakingly revealed: “And some people didn’t want to come to his funeral because they felt they just couldn’t cope with going to such a small baby’s funeral – they felt that quite… they felt it was a difficult thing for them.
“And, also, the other thing I found was my friend Alison King – a really good friend of mine who plays Carla Connor in Coronation Street. She gave birth to her daughter on the very same day I lost my son, literally hours apart, and the immense guilt she felt at the fact that she’d delivered her baby so safely and I’d lost my son.
“It was such a hard time for both of us and, actually, we bonded through that even more and now we share the birthday pictures. I light a candle for Archie and send her a picture and she’ll send me a picture of Daisy.”
Gethin then asked: “So it helps you then?”
To which Kym explained: “It does help me because I feel like, the more people will talk to me about it I feel much more comfortable with it. I would rather people would talk to me about it than avoid it.
“But people have to work up to that, don’t they?”
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Reverend Kate then explained: “Yeah I think people are really scared – I’m really sorry about Archie. I think people are just really scared of saying the wrong thing.
“And people do say the wrong thing. We all know when someone has died that people wade in and say the first thing that comes into their head and it can be really painful and they don’t know to say.”
Kym recently urged mums to break their silence on baby loss as she paid tribute to Archie.
As she posted a photo of the memorial she has for her son on Instagram, she wrote in the caption: “Today is a day to remember our children, celebrate the time they were here, whether they were born or not, give thanks to those who helped us through the darkest times of our lives and help to raise awareness and break the silence of babyloss.”
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