Dear Loretta Saunders

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Dear Loretta Saunders,

I have never met you, but I know you were once a beautiful, vibrant young woman.  You were a woman with a strong voice, heart and mind. Your name has been spoken of by so many over the past week. Our country has been with you and your family each and every day that you have been missing. You were not alone. 

As a mother of six, when I first heard of your disappearance all I wanted to do was to try to help to find you, to bring you home to your mother and your father, your sister, your brother, your boyfriend, your friends, your professors; to bring you home, back to your safe place so you could cry, be held, comforted. 

Although my days continued, you were continuously in my mind and my heart. I needed you to come home. I needed to know that you were okay.  I cannot imagine the pain and the loss that your family feels for you. 

I do not have television, not because I cannot afford it, but simply to shield myself from the daily horrors that are splashed across our news channels.  That shield was penetrated with your story. I learned of you the day your family’s lives were turned upside down, the day you were reported missing. 

Last night I cried. I cried for you, for your family, I held my children closer, spoke to my older ones, told them not to let your loss be for not. It is a reminder to them that the world we live in can be unfair, the people we trust may be the very ones that can cause us harm.  I also reminded them though that you did not live your life with a shield, you knew of the potential dangers and harms, yet you still smiled with confidence and grace. 

The world and its horrors did not take away your desire to live, grow, and to make this world a better place. At 26, you did make a change, Loretta. You brought a community and a country together. You bought attention to something that many of us did not realize was an issue. You will never be forgotten. We have all been truly blessed by your spirit, even though many of us never met you personally.

I pray for your family, your boyfriend, your friends, through these days, weeks and months, that they will find comfort in knowing that you will live on forever through so many people. 

Your spirit has reached out to us all, grabbed us by our hearts and minds. You have inspired many to continue on with your thesis, with your goals and your dreams. Your candle will continue glowing, never faltering or flickering.

Loretta may you rest in peace with our Lord and in our hearts and in our dreams.

Donna Garron

St Margarets Bay, NS

Geographic location: Margarets Bay

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  • Sherry Walsh
    March 06, 2014 - 20:53

    I have no words, just tears.

  • Diane Michano-Richmond
    March 06, 2014 - 11:31

    Dear Loretta Saunders' family, I did not know about Loretta until the night before she was found my eldest daughter Michelle called me to ask me if I had heard of the news, I said no that she was missing, the next day I got on my face book to follow this. I heard her sister Delilah talking with the news people the moment I saw her I felt something so overpowering from this beautiful young woman, she was being so brave because she said she was doing everything for her sister Loretta and the strength was coming from her, I admired her spirit and loved her big dimple on her cheek. Later on is when the announcement was made that they had found Loretta but the new was not good, I have been following this since that day. My job as an elder is to pray for people, usually by lighting a candle because my Spiritual teacher said we always have to light a Sacred fire I can't do that right now because of the snow and cold, so there fore I light the candle, then I pray for the family with my drum and sing songs for healing and send love to the family, there are songs we sing for the person who has passed to the Spirit World and I use my Sacred medicines Sweetgrass, and sage to smudge for purification. The I read about Loretta and I fell in love with her just looking at her picture you can tell she was a women with Spirit and full of love and passionate about her thesis, and what a great cause she was standing up for, so many of our Sisters have been loss and many are missing and not found. I made a vigil here for her in my cultural room, my computer room and my sewing room and she has be with me smiling as I am praying for the family. I am a mother of 3 daughters and a grandmother of 3 grandsons and one granddaughter and one due on April 1. I am so sorry that you loss your daughter, your sister, your girlfriend your cousin, all your relations, I am so proud of the people of Canada and international who cared so much for her, I only wish that the Government of Canada will take action with all the petitions that are being sent to them, Thank you for all the friends that I have made and I send healing light and love to her family. You will never be forgot and Loretta Spirit will live in us forever. "Standing Strong Bear Woman", from the Bear Clan & a Black Bear Warrior.

  • MILDRED GEORGE
    March 06, 2014 - 10:02

    TH,E MORNING WHEN I GOT OUT OF BED AND LEARNED THAT A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY WAS MISSING AND PREGANT,IT PIERCE MY HEART LIKE A KNIFEI PRAYED EVERDAY DAY AND NIGHT FOR LORETTA,I PRAYED SHE WOULD BE FOUND SAFE,I DIDN'T KNOW LOREETA.,BUT I FELT A STRONG CONNECTION TO HER,I BELIEVE IT WAS THE LOVING AND CARING WAY ABOUT HER,AS I WRITE THIS TEARS ARE FLOWING,LORETTA YOU TOUCH SO MANY LIVES IN THIS WORLD AND I KNOW YOUR WORK YOU STARTED WILL LIVE ON AND HELP MANY WOMAN,I PRAY FOR YOUR MOM, DAD,SISTER AND BROTHER,THAT GOD WILL WRAP HIS LOVING ARMS AROUND THEM AND GIVE THEM STRENGHT IN THE DAYS AND MONTHS TO COME,RIP LOREETA WITH YOUR SWEET LITTLE ANGEL,GOD AS YOU IN HIS KEEPING BUT YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS HAVE YOU BOTH IN THEIR HEART,GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTON, MILDRED GEORGE,CBS NL

  • Diane Yetman
    March 06, 2014 - 09:26

    Amen