ALL Souls’ Day will have special meaning for Roy and Mary Jackson this year. It is the year that two of their children died from suicide.
All Souls’ will be a day of marking the closeness they feel to their daughter Teresa, who died on January 31 at the age of 25, and their son Greg, who was 44 at the time of his death on April 20.
Explaining that sense of closeness, Mary recalled what it was like for her at Mass one morning.
‘When it came to the Hosanna I thought, ‘Here we are, joined with Greg and Teresa. They are at the throne of God praising him and we’re here at the altar of God praising him’,’ she said.
‘It was a connection.’
Roy, 73, and Mary, 67, believe that because of that connection All Souls’ Day will hold more significance for them this year.
Added to that, the couple earlier this month witnessed the launch of the Rosies Tapestry Fund, which will support an expansion of Rosies’ street outreach to youth in Queensland, after they made a seed donation in memory of their two children.
The staunch Catholics, formerly from Kingaroy but now living in retirement on the Gold Coast, will start All Souls’ Day on Tuesday with Mass.
While reflecting on the pointlessness of suicide, Roy said that because of Greg and Teresa’s deaths, All Souls’ Day would have ‘a deeper meaning than previously’.
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