Our story

My name is Tarryn and I’m a Mum to two beautiful, amazing kids, Jack - forever 18 years old and Tayla who is 16.

My beautiful son, Jack, was killed in a preventable car crash in our hometown of Collie in the South West of WA.

20 seconds and 700m was all it took for the driver responsible to take Jack’s life at a roundabout. In a blink of his beautiful blue eyes, Jack’s life was over.

Losing Jack has changed my life in ways that only people walking in my shoes will understand.

No one should have to endure the pain and suffering that has been forced upon us.

I share Jack’s story and my journey in the hope of bringing people together and to help save lives, both on and off our roads.

Tarryn and Jack

Tarryn's reflections

I sat at your tree

14 April 2023

I sat at your tree and watched as the clock in your car turned to 12.03am, the time the first call was made to 000. Every anniversary is the same yet hauntingly different. Like clockwork, the memories come flooding back all at once, playing on repeat, and I’m standing in the corner of every memory,…

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I can still remember the phone call

7 April 2023

Our lives will never be the same. I can still remember the phone call in the first few moments of Good Friday, a phone call that has torn our whole world apart. Please drive safely this Easter. Everyone deserves to get home safely to their families.

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Quiet Moments

6 February 2023

There’s something in these quiet moments that make me miss him more. I know he’s with me, I feel him. Sometimes he takes me by surprise with a quiet whisper that makes my heart skip a beat, sometimes it’s a feather directly in my path, and sometimes it’s the linger of his scent in the…

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Today you would be 24

12 September 2022

Today my beautiful boy would be 24 and I couldn’t miss him more if I tried. I miss his beautiful big smile more today than ever before, not realising that this could even be possible. I wish today could be a day of celebration but it’s simply another reminder he’s not earth side with us…

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Grief, a rollercoaster that never ends

15 July 2022

The house is quiet. Sleep evades me yet again; it has been for some time now, and I’m exhausted. I am forgetting to breathe; I am forgetting to take a moment to sit with myself. Simmering away just under the surface are all the emotions I am trying desperately to push to the side because…

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5 Years ~ 1826 Days

14 April 2022

5 years ~1826 days   There is a heaviness in my heart as this day is here again.   No matter how much time passes there is still a sense of yesterday and forever that rolls into one.   I trace my fingers over your things in your bedroom. I pick up your hat and…

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How have I survived this long without you?

21 February 2022

As my broken heart continues to beat, time relentlessly ticks away. Life continues to move forward, and I can’t help but feel like it’s left me behind. I see happiness people have created. I see beautiful photos of families that people share. I see the joy and happiness in peoples lives. It makes me smile,…

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God I miss him

31 January 2022

God I miss him. It’s an indescribable pain that never leaves my heart. It’s the fleeting moment I look outside and see his car. It’s the initial thought and smile “Oh Jacky Boy’s home”, only to remember he’s gone from this physical plane. 1,753 days of carrying my broken heart and it’s all just too much.

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Another year begins

2 January 2022

Another year of putting one foot in front of the other. Walking has been my saviour. It helps to clear my mind from the chaos that grief causes and it’s how my heart finds a little bit of peace every day. This beautiful view never disappoints.

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Another year without you

31 December 2021

Moving into a new calendar year is particularly hard for me. It’s always a timely reminder of another year that my beautiful Jack doesn’t get to share with us and a knowing that no matter what, time will continue to take him further away from me. As I reflect on 2021, I have come to…

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Our love and support to you all

27 December 2021

My Dad rang me earlier and told me to quickly change the TV channel. I knew it must’ve been about road trauma because I could hear the urgency in his voice. As I changed the channel and started to watch the segment on A Current Affair, it was literally like listening to my own story.…

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As Christmas draws closer

22 December 2021

As the year winds down and I’m finally able to catch my breath, I can feel the heaviness in my heart growing with each breath I take, as Christmas draws closer. For what is a joyous time of year for so many, it is a painstakingly difficult time, I wish I could sleep away. It’s…

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Stepping outside of my comfort zone

5 December 2021

Stepping out of your comfort zone is something so many of us struggle with. It’s the unknown, it’s the not knowing anybody, it’s the feeling of being judged. For me, it’s a combination of so many things, but yesterday, with the support of two beautiful souls, I mustered up the courage to step out of…

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World Remembrance Day

21 November 2021

Today is World Remembrance Day for Road Traffic Victims. Today, we remember all those lost and seriously injured on our roads. Today we pay tribute to those dedicated to preventing road trauma and to those who help to make our roads safer. My heart breaks for the people whose lives have been taken too soon…

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Today has been a day

12 November 2021

Sleepless nights and anxiety have heightened my grief in such a way I feel like the wind has been knocked from my sail. My heart feels heavier than it normally does. The ache I carry every day hurts so much more. I’ve been blindsided by a massive way. Today, I’m missing my beautiful boy even…

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Humbling to share our story

12 October 2021

Today we met with Senior Constable Mike Smith from Bridgetown. I first met Mike at the OIC Conference in Bunbury last month where he talked to me about a Mystery Tour of Life, he has been involved in over the past several years in Bridgetown. The program is attended by Year 10 students and is…

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The heaviness in my heart

12 September 2021

The heaviness in my heart today is immeasurable. The anxiety leading up to this day has been overwhelming and it doesn’t matter how many years have passed, it’s the same every year. Today my beautiful Jack would be 23. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think of what he’d be doing…

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Thank you for your service

11 September 2021

Yesterday, we were absolutely humbled and honoured to have met District Superintendent Geoff Stewart. District Superintendent Geoff Stewart was away from the district for our Official Introduction and asked if he could meet with us when he returned. In his absence Acting Superintendent Scott Morrissey attended and it was an absolute pleasure to have met…

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Thank you for your support

10 September 2021

I feel so honoured Road Safety Commissioner Adrian Warner and Senior Sergeant Heath Soutar were our guest speakers at our Official Introduction on Saturday along with our guest Terry Townsend. These 3 men have played different roles in my life and I am extremely grateful for them all. Heath came into my life a couple…

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Friday was one of those days

24 August 2021

There are so many moments when I find myself struggling to breathe, Friday was one of those days. In February I finally mustered up the courage to get a space made for Jack’s ashes. Friday, I picked it up. There was a heaviness I felt in my heart on the drive there. So many emotions…

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Today I’m not ok and that’s ok

21 June 2021

I’m tired……..I’m overwhelmed………I’m angry and I’m just so sad. My heart hurts………….I want my Jacky Boy back and I can’t have him back. This is my grief, and it sucks. This is what it looks and feels like when someone has destroyed your whole world!!!! No one knows the struggles we face behind closed doors…

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