In late November, the Pooles left the region so Alfred could get treated at Massachusetts General Hospital. But before the Pooles left, the two women made a pact to share their grief if one of their husbands died.
On Christmas Eve, Poole got a text from Fennell. Ken just died, Bridgit said. He was 52.
After Bridgit sent the text, the two women talked on the phone.
"Bridgit said she had just gotten back from the hospital and went to the Fisher House. And she knocked on our old door, Room 106, to let me know," Poole recalled. "And then she realized we were no longer there. She almost cried. She was like, 'I am lost.' "