Scottish Real Life
After losing her 13-year-old daughter to suicide, Pauline Moriarty from East Ayrshire began a charity for young people...
Jenna was beautiful and naturally intelligent. She was kind and compassionate and uniquely hilarious. In the remembrance book at school, everyone seemed to think she was really funny. Some of her friends told me that they had never heard her say a bad word about anyone. She was always caring, even at 5 years old, she would be drawn to the wee one that wasn’t so popular and she wanted everyone to be happy. She couldn’t cope with people not being kind, she just couldn’t understand that.
In her eulogy, I wrote about how Jenna had ambitions all through her life; something for every day of the week! On a Wednesday she wanted to work in a post office, on Thursday she wanted to be an astronaut and the next day she was going to be a writer! Near the end she wanted to be a graphic designer, I think she could have done anything with her life.
I look back now and think why did I not realise. I knew Jenna was quite down but she was 13 and we thought it was her age. It was only a couple of days before that she told me she felt like she didn’t have a voice anymore. She told me what had been upsetting her but we made a plan for things to be better. That was on the Sunday night and I thought we’d had a really positive conversation. I came home from work on Tuesday, less than 48 hours later, and she was gone.
auline with her daughters Sophie and enna