Stacey Dooley breaks down in tears as she hears a grieving father’s heartbreak over his stillborn daughter.
In her new documentary Stacey Sleeps Over, Stacey stays with Mark and Lindsay Preston and their family, who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as Mormons.
Their religion has a strict parenting code, which includes no coffee or tea, alcohol or sex before marriage.
An emotional moment in the programme sees Mark explain how much his faith means to him and how it helped him after the loss of their daughter Clara.
Sitting on the sofa to talk, Mark explained: ‘There are things that happened which can make or break a marriage.
‘We were ready to start a family and Lindsay had quite a lot of miscarriages and we were finally lucky enough for Lindsay to keep a pregnancy, but unfortunately after seven months Clara was stillborn. Which was horrendous, the worst thing that could ever happen.’
With tears in his eyes, he continued: ‘I remember being in the hospital room and I remember the nurses being so kind. I remember them wrapping Clara in a blanket and us being able to hold her.’
Listening to him recall the tragic moment in his life, Stacey teared up too and wiped her eyes.
Mark added that his faith means he strongly believes he will be reunited with their daughter in the afterlife.
‘We believe that children can’t sin so children just go immediately to heaven, to the highest part of heaven,’ he said.
‘So it’s so important for us as a family to live the way that we believe is right to ensure that we can be with her again. So that Lindsay and I can be her mum and dad.’
Stacey adds: ‘You believe that, you believe you’re gonna see her again.’
Mark replies: ‘One hundred percent knowing she’s there waiting for us, and that she will be ours and she will be part of our family. I have a photo in my wallet of her. It helps you to understand why this concept of eternity means so much to us.
‘I see that very clearly now,’ Stacey says.
Stacey Sleeps Over airs Wednesdays at 9pm on W.
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