Happy Birthday Rehtaeh

You would turn 22 today.

All the things I never had a chance to say,

the art I’ve never seen,

Your dreams, unrealized and forgotten.

And this awful emptiness in my heart.

I think of you always, always,

but never like today.

Happy Birthday sweetheart.

I love you ❤️

If you find yourself in a bad place please reach out to a safe person. If you know someone who could use a listener, let them know you’re there no matter what you have to do.

Where to get help:

1. Kids Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868 or visit www.kidshelpphone.ca for online chat counselling.

2. Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention: Find a 24-hour crisis centre here.

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2017-12-09T17:17:55+00:00December 9th, 2017|Categories: Rehtaeh Parsons|Tags: |3 Comments


  1. Kiara December 10, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Big love to you and your family. Thinking of you all so much today.

  2. Andrea December 10, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Happy 22nd Birthday to Rehtaeh. I am so sorry for the pain in your heart, Glenn. I can only speak for myself in saying that Rehtaeh’s story has profoundly touched my life and work and I think of her often when working with young women and youth coping with similar circumstances. Knowing how Rehtaeh suffered and could not find the help she desperately needed, I am extra cautious to ensure I provide as much non-judgmental support and unconditional positive regard as I can towards my clients and I advocate as much as I can for their needs. I am just truly sorry that this world had to lose such a beautiful bright light, and that Rehtaeh was so poorly treated by the system that should have protected her and the system that should have helped her.

  3. Sonya D Higgins December 9, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    My heart breaks for you and her mother. Rehtaeh will never get to grow into an adult

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