A grieving mother broke down in tears after she found a Jehovah's Witnesses pamphlet asking 'Can the dead really live again?' left at her son's grave.
The woman and her daughter were visiting the 20-year-old's grave at Penrith Cemetery in western Sydney during the first Mother's Day since his suicide when they found the pamphlet.
'Can the dead really live again?' the pamphlet read on the front cover, with the options 'yes', 'no' and 'maybe'.
The man's sister said her mother was already struggling to cope with her son's absence on Mother's Day before they found the flyer.
'My mum had been trying to hold it together all morning. It was always going to be a hard visit (to the cemetery) that day, but the flyer was a bit of salt in the wound,' the man's sister, who wished to remain anonymous, said.
The woman said there were flyers left at every grave in her brother's section of the cemetery.
'Plots in that cemetery are going for up to $4000 plus, you expect some kind of security in this place.
'One of the graves I removed a flyer from had the flyer underneath a little dog statue that was sitting beside the tombstone.
'All I thought was, imagine if that little dog was a family heirloom that meant something to the decease and was damaged because it was being carelessly handled by a church that wanted to get their sales numbers up? You'd be pretty livid.'
A Jehovah's Witnesses spokesman said the choice to leave the flyers at the cemetery was 'an individual matter' and would have been carried out by someone from 'one of the local churches there'.
If you look at the picture in the article, the tract was definitely WTS material. And the WTS encourages jws to go to the cemeteries on days when people will likely be there in larger numbers at the same time, Memorial Day perhaps.
A sister in Chile, while witnessing in a cemetery, spoke to a woman who had lost her 12-year-old son in an accident.
Cemeteries (index) 1935-1985
experiences in witnessing: yb66 276-277; yb65 124, 256; yb62 252; g62 5/8 21-23
Kingdom recordings in Portuguese finally arrived in late 1938. On All Souls’ Day, the sound car went from cemetery to cemetery playing the records “Where Are the Dead?,” “Jehovah,” and “Riches,” reaching over 40,000 mourners!