Rehtaeh Anne Parsons

9 December 1995 – 7 April 2013

Losing a child is the worst experience a parent can have. Losing a child in a devastatingly cruel way has been a nightmare. I loved Rehtaeh with all my heart. When she died, a big part of me did too. Every day seems like a fight to hang on, to find a reason to keep going. I am grateful for all the kind words and prayers that have been sent from all over the world. It means more than I’ll ever be able to say.

Rehtaeh Parsons was much more than the tragic story of a girl in the news. She had two very loving parents and two wonderful little sisters, Temmyson and Teaghen. She loved animals of every kind and always had a place in her heart for animals in need. She loved science, devoured books of every genre, enjoyed art, and, once she finished high school, planned on joining the the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

I put together some other pages for information because there’s just to much of it for one. Rehtaeh’s eulogy is here. The timeline provided by the Review of the Police and Prosecution Response into Rehtaeh’s case can be seen here.

There have been three government reviews into Rehtaeh’s case.

  1. External Review of the Halifax Regional School Board’s Support of Rehtaeh Parsons
  2. Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Addiction Services in the Halifax Regional Municipality
  3. Independent Review of the Police and Prosecution Response to the Rehtaeh Parsons Case

An Adventurous Spirit / A Kind Heart / An Animal Lover

‘Rehtaeh’ is a song written and performed by Nova Scotia artist Adam Baldwin. ‘Rehtaeh’ is about the systemic failures that led to the death of Rehtaeh Parsons in 2013 and is, as Adam puts it, this is “maybe the most important song I’ll ever write.”

Rehtaeh Anne Parsons

December 9, 1995 – April 7, 2013