Silverthorne chief’s remarks help another family deal with grief of losing a child |

Silverthorne chief’s remarks help another family deal with grief of losing a child

I wanted to say thanks for including Silverthorne Police Chief John Patterson’s quote in your Nov. 15 article “Silverthorne family prays for a miracle after child’s death.”

I tried to locate the Silverthorne Police Department’s Web page to say thanks to Chief Patterson but was unable to open it. The article, which included the statements below, was an excellent addition.

My wife and I experienced our first child being stillborn, and we struggle through several issues, but reading about other parents “reading to their child” made sense.

It would be a nice way to say good-bye. For us, it was good-bye before we said hello. It has been several years now, but thank you for this article, which gives me more healing today than I had the day before I read it.

Here are the passages we found healing:

– “Silverthorne Police Chief John Patterson said the practice of bringing a deceased love one home is not unusual, “particularly when it’s a death like this – not a long-term illness but a very sudden, unexpected thing.'”

– “”Parents expect to go before their children,’ he said. “When something like this happens, particularly with a child, I’ve seen this happen in Jefferson County (where Patterson previously worked). Parents will take the child home, read the child stories, talk to the child. They just have to get through the denial and grief.'”

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