FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) – Kentucky coroners could soon be required to attend a grief training after lawmakers unanimously supported Senate Bill 66 in a general assembly session on Jan. 26.
Stacy Burnett, a Lexington resident, lost her son Nathan to a snowboarding accident that occurred while he was on a trip to Utah.
She said after her son died, the local Kentucky coroner involved pulled into her yard and simply handed the family a note with no details regarding the death.
Burnett feels as if the way she was informed was cold, unprofessional, and added to her trauma.
“We kept saying, ‘Is he dead? Is he dead?’, the coroner said, ‘I have no details you have to call Utah’ and just walked away,” said Burnett in the bill hearing.
“I feel like the way we were notified robbed the acknowledgment of the life and importance our son meant to us,” Burnett continued.
Sen. Ralph Alvarado’s bill (SB 66) would require all Kentucky coroners to complete an eight-hour grievance training course and create new procedures for notifying next of kin of someone’s death.