//April 3 – #RehtaehParsons

April 3 – #RehtaehParsons

Three years ago today was the last time I saw my daughter Rehtaeh alive. She needed a drive home from a counselling appointment. I picked her up at 9 PM and she told me right away how much she liked the appointment. It was hard on her to go over everything that had happened so finding a counsellor she clicked with was good news.

We talked all the way home. She told me about her boyfriend, her job search, her sisters and her mom, school, and religion. That was the thing about Rae – she had a very inquisitive mind.

Having her appointment in a church got her wondering about God and faith. She told me she didn’t feel God was there for her.

I dropped her off at her moms and when I did she leaned over and gave me a strong hug and a kiss on my cheek. I told her I loved her and her last words to me were, “I love you, Dad.”

She gave me a look just as she got out of the car and I have it burned in my memory.

It feels like yesterday.

2016-10-21T21:42:50+00:00April 3rd, 2016|Categories: Rehtaeh Parsons|Tags: |3 Comments


  1. M. Asuncion (mike) April 5, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    I attended her service partly because i was acquainted with Leah. One thing i have never been able to figure out is that fateful night she had received a phone call which upset her. WHO was this phone call from. I know it does not matter now but on the other hand, maybe it does. Because it seems to me, though obviously there were underlying issues, this was at least partially the trigger. I am sorry to bring up such painful issues but sometimes truth can offer a balance. Take care.


    • Glen Canning April 7, 2016 at 9:14 am

      It doesn’t matter who it was from because it had nothing to do with the state Rehtaeh was constantly in.

      Straws and camels.

  2. Laurie April 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Thinking of you on this anniversary. She would be very proud of all your efforts on behalf of all women.

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