Joni Stiles: Thank you for everything
It has been nine weeks and one day since I lost my son. It will not be possible for me to thank every person who helped us during these last nine weeks as I know there are still many I am unaware of, but I will do my best.
For those of you who may know more than I, please pass my sincerest gratitude to them. I will not name names, but you all know where you fit in here. Please pass this on to people you know this applies to.
I want to thank our family at the Steamboat Springs Police Department and their families. So many of you were there with us around the clock handling EVERYTHING, even making sure I used the restroom.
Thanks to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office and their families, the Doraville Police Department and their families, the community of Steamboat Springs and surrounding areas, the generous people who let us stay at their condos for the following couple of weeks and the other offers we had for long-term stay, to those that opened their homes to our out-of-town guests, all of the food fairies who made, brought or sent food, EVERY SINGLE PERSON who sent prayers, thoughts, hugs and tears.
You will never know how much a single act has helped us. I will ask that you please continue as this road will never be over for us.
Thank you to the people who came to Gavin’s service, those that traveled across the country to be with us, those that wanted to be there but could not be in person but were there in spirit. To anyone who smiled, hugged, interacted, loved and continues to love my precious baby through videos and memories.
To those who have seen us shed tears and shed them with us and to those who will have patience with us as we shed more through the comming years. To those who loved on Gabriel when I was too hurt to.
To those who gave and sent cards, thoughtful jewelry, books, CDs, other thoughtful gifts and texted songs and quotes. To those who provided an endless supply of sweet tea and loaned movies. To those who invite us out and understand that we may not be ready yet to venture back into the world.
To those who sent money as you have lifed a huge financial weight and allowed us to focus on grieving however we may and also focus on our other baby. To the Yampa Valley Funeral Home for being so kind, patient and generous and for allowing us to see our baby one last time before creamation.
To those who helped with the dogs, finished our deck, made trips to the house for supplies, did laundry and cleaned. To those who handled the logistics of managing our out-of-town guests, the memorial service, and for keeping as much as possible behind the scenes.
To the EMTs and crew at Yampa Valley Medical Center who worked so hard and refused to give up easily on my precious angel, a special thank you for your knowledge and persistence, for letting me in there to hold his feet and talk to him, for fighting as long as you could and even after. I will never forget how all of you kept calm and worked together to the absolute best of your ability. I know it was not easy for any of you to experience that.
We have a long way to go, but please know that we love and appreciate each one of you and will forever be grateful for each act of generosity you have provided. Thank you again, from the bottom of my shattered heart.
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