A fellow security officer and friend who lost his wife unexpectedly, facing not just a life without her, but the unpleasant funeral bills to follow.
This is Jim.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and everything a traditional man should be. Jim is also a senior downtown seasoned officer at the age of 64, and former vet.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning Jim went to check on his long-term wife and life partner after medical assistance had become the norm of late. He was the first to discover her passing during her sleep.
Now it was not the tragic news of her leaving this life, but the plans Jim had to cut back on working hours in early 2020 that would enable more quality time together for whatever time his beloved wife had left. An opportunity taken from them.
With his own personal health issues to focus on, Jim disregarded them and took one day off. The same day his wife had passed. He returned to work the very next day. Call it a distraction. Call it lack of financial leeway.
This morning as per, Jim arrived to work early. A scruffy baseball cap to partially hide his face. A more prominent limp in his right leg. And in some ways, the shell of the man that once was. A regular, much loved 'Jimbo' who you can always depend on, helping to keep our city safe. They don't make them like Jim any longer!
The decision to cremate his wife was made with his small remaining family. And along came the bills. I don't like that! I believe in a ''Hall Pass'' when someone loses someone so dear to them. A helping hand. A shoulder to lean on. Big or small.
To anyone who lives or breathes their spouse, a life without them can be deemed as a life not worth living. We can change that.
A helping hand can make all the difference.
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