Idaho man relies on love to keep going following wife’s death
EDITOR’S NOTE: A little over two months ago, EastIdahoNews.com News Director Nate Eaton wrote about his cousin, Cassie Nelson. She suffered a sudden stress-induced cardiomyopathy at the age of 35 and slipped into a coma. Five days later, she was taken off life support and she passed away a week later.
Cassie left behind her husband, Eric, and their 3-year-old daughter, Scout.
Over the weekend, the Idaho Statesman published ‘Clinging to love: Eric Nelson finds a way to keep going after his wife dies.’ We have posted a small portion of the story here with a link to the entire article.
BOISE — At the end of a fairly routine and busy Saturday, Cassie and Eric Nelson and their 3-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Scout, went out to dinner. There was nothing that foreshadowed this was the last conscious day of Cassie’s life, nor that each moment should have been more precious than the next.
Eric says: “I think that I could probably grieve and be angry and be tormented and be depressed for as long as I will allow it. … But I would like to think that I have at least some control over how I view this and (what I) want to take from it.
“And, rather than viewing this as losing someone far too early — which is what has occurred — (I hang on to the fact that) I did get 13, almost 14 years, with someone I really truly believe was far outside my league.”