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.
St Margarets Bay, NS