The beginning of a friendship in Augusta, Georgia, was unlikely, but its repercussions were profound.
For years, Dan Peterson and his wife Mary were inseparable. “She was an angel,” Dan says. They met late in life and did everything together: She drove him to work every day, and he ran errands for her business in floral design.
“I’ve always been a bit of a loner, so we had each other,” Dan says. “We just devoted ourselves to each other. I had it all figured out that I was gonna die first, and so that’s no problem. And then all of a sudden, she was in the hospital for 35 days.”
Mary’s 80-year-old heart was beating abnormally fast, and it went faster and faster until finally, after 35 days, it stopped. Dan sat by his wife’s unresponsive body for hours, trying to come to terms with his new reality.
Over the coming months, Dan didn’t …