Thursday 23 October 2014

'I love you Jakey, I love you' - Grieving mother's cries at her son's funeral

Funeral of Jake Brennan (6), who was struck by a car last Thursday while playing with his brother, overflowed with sorrow this afternoon

Published 15/06/2014 | 16:53

Roseann Brennan, the distraught mother of little Jake Brennan, at Lintown Grove where six-year-old died after a road accident. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Roseann Brennan, the distraught mother of little Jake Brennan, at Lintown Grove where six-year-old died after a road accident. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
The distraught mother of little Jake Brennan (6), Roseanne Brennan pictured at Lintown Grove, where he died after a road accident there yesterday.
The distraught mother of little Jake Brennan (6), Roseann Brennan pictured at Lintown Grove, where he died after a road accident there yesterday.
Last christmas: The family in happier times, from left, Kaelem (3), Chris, Jake (6) and Roseann Brennan
Last christmas: The family in happier times, from left, Kaelem (3), Chris, Jake (6) and Roseann Brennan

Two white doves were released into the sky today as the mother of little Jake Brennan wept and poignantly repeatedly cried his name, saying: "I love you Jakey, I love you. I want Jakey."

The church of St John's the Evangelist in Kilkenny overflowed with sorrow for the funeral of the six year old boy, who was struck by a car last Thursday while playing with his little brother Kaylin less than 15 metres from his doorway.

A more poignant Father's Day could scarcely have been imagined as Jake's father, Chris, bent in grieving devastation over the tragic white coffin of his first born son.

Later, teachers, aunties, uncles, cousins and family friends all rose to describe through their own grief, the impact Jake had had on their lives in his brief six years.

A procession of the little boy's most precious items were brought to the altar at the start of the beautiful Mass of the Angels.

They included his favourite floppy teddy bear, Ruby, which had been with him "since the start" and whom his mother, Roseanne, was under strict orders to pack for all family holidays and sleep-overs.

Also brought up to the altar, was the his Senior Infants' reader - as Jake's aunt Pamela told silent mourners how the little boy had admitted that he was afraid to go into First Class "because the sums are too hard."

"His mammy reassured him saying he would be well able," said Pamela.

A candle stood on the little white coffin blazed steadily throughout the mass, as chief celebrant, Fr Frank Purcell PP reminded the family how Jake Michael John Brennan had been baptised at that very church on September 6 2008 at 5pm.

The family had sat in the same seat in which they had sat today, he said.

"In the most beautiful gardens, there is an occasional rose that buds but never opens," he told them.

In the same way, a child born beautiful, precious and unique but fails to come into its rightful growth and blossom, Fr Purcell said.

"That child is gathered back into God's heavenly garden where all is made perfect and all mysteries explained."

He said that even if we had all the answers to all the questions, there would still be no adequate explanation for Jake's loss. "It is so tragic, so painful," he added.

"There is not a lot we can say to help you, Rosie and Chris," he addressed Jake's grieving parents.

Amid such devastating circumstances, some people might say the wrong things - such as "It was God's will," Fr Purcell said.

"That's nonsense, don't ever believe it," he told them flatly.

However these people were "well-meaning" and just did not know what to say, he added.

The devastating sobbing of Jake's family following the harrowing procession from the church, as Roseanne walked close behind, never taking her hand away from the little coffin.

Two doves released into the sky were followed by her haunting cry: "Jakey, I love you."

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