“They were in their hospice beds right next to each other, in our home. They held hands a lot. And they just sort of declined together,” said Susan Almen, one of the couple’s four children. “I think she just didn’t want to be in this world without him. She went first, and then once she went, it wasn’t long, just a matter of 36 hours, to when he joined her in heaven.”

… “I don’t know if it was conscious or unconscious,” Susan Almen said, “But at some level, she could see that he was declining and that he wouldn’t be with us long. And she was going right along with him.”