A devastated father from the Gold Coast has spent the last few days hand crafting a small wooden boat that his son will be buried in tomorrow.

Building his son’s coffin is the hardest job carpenter Shannon Trounce will ever have to do after the toddler mysteriously died in his sleep.

The heartbroken Gold Coast father has spent the past few days building a small wooden boat which his little boy Jax, 2, will be buried in.

The 34 year-old says that his two-year-old Jax wasn’t breathing when he went to check on him only hours after putting the tot to bed with a mild fever.

Jax was still warm, but his lips were blue. Trounce began CPR and called an ambulance but Jax couldn’t be revived.

Trouce told the Courier Mail that he had promised his son that they would go out on the family boat at the weekend.

“It never got to happen,” he said.

“I’m never going to be able to build him anything else … so I really wanted to do this for him.”


His mother Renee Pask said she couldn’t believe her healthy, bubbly toddler’s life ended like this.

Ms Pask said they would have to wait weeks for Jax’s autopsy results.

“All the doctor could indicate is that it must have been something so serious that it just attacked his heart that night,” she said.

“It could be anything, it could be a mosquito bite, we don’t know. He was perfectly healthy, no allergies.”

Our thoughts are with little Jax’s family.

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  • How absolutely devastating.
    This will be the hardest thing Dad ever does.
    It is such a lovely idea & hopefully will help with his grieving.
    I could not even begin to imagine the pain they must be going through right now.
    Rest In Peace little Jax.


  • How sad to lose a child this way. Dad, being able to do this coffin is very touching.


  • Lucky dad can do something for his son. This something no father wants to be doing though. Hope they do find what caused it, to give the parents some closure.


  • Oh gosh what a devastating tragedy. I can’t imagine what that poor family is going through.


  • So terribly terribly sad. What a beautifully touching idea of dads to build his little boy a boat coffin. I have tears in my eyes


  • Oh my gosh :( devastating! RIP Jax xxx


  • My condolences to little Jax’s family. If you baby has a very mild fever you don’t expect something like that to happen. At that age you could think a fever was the pending arrival of a new tooth. Hopefully if it was a bite they will be able to identify the possible cause so that precautions can be taken to prevent it happening to another family member or the general public.


  • Lke kd


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