But that morning in 2002, I jumped out of bed – I think I went into every room in the house. I don’t know what I was looking for, I was just in a state of panic.
Jane (right) and Jenny were on holiday in Bali at the time of the bombings. Source: SBS News / Aaron Fernandes
I was living in a suburb south of Perth at the time. I rang the police in Western Australia. They said they hadn’t heard anything from Bali about Jane and Jenny, but they would contact me if they did. Then I rang this friend of mine who had a relative working at a hospital in Bali where the victims were coming in.
My ex-husband went to Bali to search for them, but he too couldn’t find them. When he came back, I said: ‘I’m going to go over there, and I’m not coming back until I bring them back’.
I said: ‘I’m going to go over there, and I’m not coming back until I bring them back’.
It was like a gunshot in my chest. The ache that I had, I never ever want to feel again, it was just horrendous. And I suppose a lot of parents that lose children would have felt the exact same feeling.
A ceremony at the site of the Sari Club in Bali three years after the 2002 bombings. Source: Getty / Jason Childs
One of the men that came to tell me was with the Australian Federal Police, the other was a psychologist. He stayed and talked to me for probably an hour-and-a-half, and of course, I went through a box of tissues.
Jenny was very busy with her florist shop in Fremantle. She had a wonderful personality. It didn’t matter how much strife she was in or with who, she could smile and talk her way out of it. They both had a good sense of humour.
It wasn’t until I sold that property and moved down to Safety Bay, it was like a new start. I was actually selling roses from my gate, so I had to start looking after them. I would spend hours out there tending to the roses.
Gardening became a form of therapy for June. Source: SBS News / Aaron Fernandes
Gardening helped me a lot because I could cry and work at the same time, just looking after the flowers. My aim was just to get through each day. And if I could do that, without really crumbling, I knew that I’d get through it eventually.
I have my garden and my dogs, so life is pretty good for me. I try and remember the times when Jane and Jenny and I really connected and laughed. You know, those real belly laughs when there are tears running down your face.
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