Five Years Ago Today We Said Goodbye #RehtaehParsons

Five years ago today I said goodbye to Rehtaeh for the last time. I picked her up from an appointment with a counsellor and drove her home to her mom’s house in Cole Harbour. The trip took about twenty minutes and I replay it in my head always.

I’m so grateful her last words to me were “I love you dad.” As am I grateful my last words to her were the same, “I love you Rae.”

I thought she was going to be okay.

I thought she beat this demon.

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.

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2018-04-04T11:59:01+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Mental Health, Rehtaeh Parsons|Tags: , |7 Comments


  1. Kathleen Hagan April 6, 2018 at 12:37 am

    I heard you speak at a conference last February in London ON. Although I had heard of this tragic story from where I live, hearing your words directly brought it home for me. I have a teenage daughter. I returned home with renewed vigor to have her understand the importance of: making good decisions for herself, standing up for those around her that find themselves in a vulnerable place; acting to protect others because its the right thing to do, even if that person is not your friend but because they are a fellow human being; and know that when her father or I tell her ‘no’, its not always about doubting her ability to make good decisions, but that its others with bad intentions that we doubt. I applaud you for continuing to tell Retaeh’s story and encourage us all to stand up and demand changes in the systems that failed her and your family.

  2. Erin April 4, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    I have lost family and friends in a variety of tragic and unnecessary ways and it hurts beyond belief. I still remember reading of the torture you all have endured and it breaks my heart. Your daughter is thought of by many that never had the opportunity to meet her. Im glad that you are working to ensure her memory is kept alive. Sending hugs to you all!

  3. Krista Hartvich April 4, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    You are all in our thoughts today Glen!

  4. Aprilsays April 4, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    I’m so sorry life happened this way for you, your family and for Retaeh. <3 It breaks my heart. Though we are strangers, I remember hearing about this.. I can't believe it's been 5 years. I've been following your blog this whole time. Thank you for continuing to speak out . I hope we can change this culture that brings people to such despair .. I think it's possible.

    • Glen Canning April 4, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      It is April. Thank you for reaching out ❤️

  5. Greg. MacDonald April 4, 2018 at 4:45 am

    I so admire the attention you are bringing to this issue, and the way you are keeping Retaeh’s memory alive. Much respect.

    • Glen Canning April 4, 2018 at 1:55 pm

      Thanks Greg ❤️

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