In tonight’s episode of the Manchester-based soap, Michelle (played by Kym) and Steve McDonald (Simon) said their final goodbye to their son Ruairi, who died shortly after birth.
Michelle, who has been struggling to cope, asked Steve not to invite anyone else to the funeral, which was conducted by vicar Billy (Daniel Brocklebank).
During the service, she read an inspirational poem as the camera panned out to show Ruairi’s tiny coffin.
The scene was made all the more heartbreaking by the fact that both actors have experienced the loss of a baby in real life.
Steve and Michelle McDonald said goodbye to their son on Coronation Street tonight
Both the actors that play Steve and Michelle have experienced the loss of a baby in real life
Those at home watching the story unfold could not help but be moved by what they were seeing.
One social media user said: “Hats off to @msm4rsh & @simongregson123 give them their awards now. Brilliant. #coronationstreet”
“Heartbreaking scenes from @msm4rsh and @simongregson123 #Corrie #coronationstreet,” another added.
Michelle asked Steve not to invite anybody else to the funeral
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“The actress who plays Michelle deserves an award for this #coronationstreet,” someone else remarked.
While a fourth said: “Walking away from your child's funeral knowing you will never see them again is the hardest thing in the world #coronationstreet #childloss.”
Later on in the programme, Steve comforted Michelle outside the Rovers Return by telling her that Ruairi would always be in her heart.
Coronation Street continues next Friday at 7.30pm on ITV.