“I met Lisa through mutual friends in 2006. We just exchanged pleasantries at first and then in 2008 my dad went into hospice care out of the area. Lisa was a hospice social worker and reached out to help. Initially I ignored her offer, but her kind and supportive manner led me to ask some occasional questions and I appreciated her calm assessment of my situation.
When my dad passed away, we found we had many things in common among them a wacky sense of humor. I could never understand how she dealt with “death and dying” every day, and she said she could never understand my work in retailing. Neither of us had planned on getting married, but we became one of those made-for–TV Hallmark stories, and in 2010 it happened. Seeing a family crying and embracing Lisa after a visit is when I knew she had a special gift that I wanted to be a part of forever. For more than seven years we shared some truly wonderful times.