The Vigil Ends

 Posted by at 3:00 am  Nick's Blog
Mar 292014

For the last 10 days we’ve been pretty much living at the hospital and then hospice with our friend Shar and her husband, getting there early and staying late. We would get home in time to check e-mail and Facebook, write a blog, and go to bed. So I have not gotten much work done and though I do not regret the time we have spent with Jim and Shar, I have really missed it.

Shar left us peacefully early yesterday morning, surrounded by love. Terry and I spent the day with Jim trying to give him some comfort. For a guy who makes his living with words, I just can’t find any that help at times like this.

I also volunteered contact the mortuary and make arrangements for Shar (I could and will write a Bad Nick blog about that experience soon). For now, let’s just say that if you think used car and RV salesmen can be slimy, you have no idea how some (not all) of the people in the funeral industry can be when people are the most vulnerable.

Hopefully in a couple more days life will begin to get back to normal for us. We have about a week left here in Apache Junction and then if the weather cooperates, we will go up to my daughter’s place outside of Show Low for a couple of weeks before we start our eastward trek toward Goshen, Indiana for the Escapees Escapade Rally May 12 – 17.

While we’re still here I have to make a few changes to the print edition of Terry’s cookbook, Miss Terry’s Kitchen, and upload it to CreateSpace, Amazon’s book printing division, and then finally I’ll be able to get back to my next Big Lake book. Readers are asking if there will be another book in the series and yes, there will be several more to come. I appreciate your patience.

In the meantime, don’t forget the new anthology I’m participating in; 9 More Killer Thrillers, which will give you nine full length novels by nine bestselling authors for just 99¢. Now how can you beat a deal like that?

9 More Killer Thrillers

Well, actually you can. Some of my author pals have put together a collection of short stories by 31 of the most gifted writers of our time, including Brandon Hale, Saxon Andrew, Russell Blake, Anna J. McIntyre, Donna B. McNicol, and Dale Roberts, to name just a few. And even better, their book, End Of The Road, is free! Here’s an idea, get both books today and you’ll have plenty to read while I try to get caught up.

And don’t forget this week’s Free Drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Lynching, the second book in my Big Lake mystery series. All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed and will be deleted. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

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  17 Responses to “The Vigil Ends”

  1. I can’t wait to hear your Bad Nick story about funeral homes. They are blood suckers. I dealt with one after my husband died in a car accident..they have no compassion, it’s all about the money, well they made very little off me. I had friends like you and Terry they were always there for me it was very comforting. They helped me survive through the good and bad days. True friends.

  2. Nick and Terry,

    You guys are setting a great example of what it means to be a real friend. I look forward to your upcoming Bad Nick blog.

  3. Sorry to hear about your friend Nick and Terry, as you stated words are hard to come by in these times. But no one could ever say you are not great friends as you have shown that right here. Take care and waiting to hear bad nick once again.

  4. Sorry to hear Shars passing, our prayers to Jim. Hospice
    is a wonderful organization.
    Have just downloaded 9 book deal looking forward

  5. So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend Shar. You and Terry set a wonderful example for the rest of us to emulate as to what a true friendship is. I’m certain Jim feels very fortunate to have you both in his life.

  6. No words are necessary at a time like that. You and Terry being there is what Jim needed.

    Please tell Jim that he’s in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Nick, sorry for the loss of your friend Shar, please give our condolences to Jim also.
    Looing forward to you Bad Nick blog on funeral homes as we had an bad exp[erience with one when my father in law passed away.

  8. My condolences to Jim, you and Terry. Thanks for keeping everyone as up to date as you did.

  9. Our condolences to all of you for the loss of your friend Shar.
    It’s true that you are at a loss for words when this happens but it will be much worse for Jim who even though saw the writing on the wall would give anything just to have her back for even a moment of the bad times. You have your lives to live but please make certain that there is somebody around to help Jim start a new chapter in his life.
    They say time heals the pain but it doesn’t it only helps you to better deal with it. Hopefully after the passage of time Jim will find a new friend to help him through the rest of his life.
    Kathy and I were fortunate to have found one another during our time of healing and we wish the same for Jim.

    It’s about time.

  10. You and Terry are wonderful friends to stay by Jim and Shar through this difficult time. I remember another friend you helped in a similar way when her husband died suddenly, and was so impressed by your compassion. To be a friend of Nick & Terry’s is a very special thing!

  11. I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend, Shar. May she rest in peace.

    No need to tell me about the funeral industry. They know how to pad the bill and if you have a pre-paid funeral they will use every bit of it and ask for more. On top of that, the obsequiousness of funeral directors just makes me want to slap them.

  12. Nick, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. May you all find comfort in your precious memories.

  13. I’m so very sorry for Jim and his loss. How wonderful he has friends like you and Terry to help him through this terrible time.

  14. I’m sorry for your loss but am glad you were able to be there for Jim. You set a good example for all of us.

  15. We’re so sorry to hear of Shar’s passing. Please pass along our condolences to Jim.

  16. My sympathy for the loss of your friend. I too cannot wait for your Bad Nick on funeral homes. If anyone ever hears the phrase “For your own peace of mind”
    when the funeral director is trying to sell you more services, run to the first exit. Herb passed away this past November. I must say the funeral director did an excellent job of doing exactly what we wanted at a reasonable cost. So there are funeral homes that do have excellent staff out there also.
    Marie Drecktrah

  17. My sympathy for the loss of your friend. When my brother died, my Mom said the hardest time was ‘after’ everyone was no longer around her. Knowing you and Terry through your blog, I know you will always keep Jim near you.

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