My grandmother's funeral was today. The viewing was yesterday. They did a real good job on her. We had a diner for the family first and then the actual service was only like 20 minutes and then a 5 minute service at the grave site. Pretty much all that was done at the grave site was the recitation of Psalm 23. It was real short. It was nice and not overly-emotional. In fact, in the family room prior to the service everyone was real loud.
Now for a confession. When my grandmother went into the hospital I petitioned Santa Muerte for her assistance. Now, all people online seem to know is that Santa Muerte is just for bringing back a man or to keep him faithful. In reality Santa Muerte is an excellent healer and can be petitioned for a wide range of things. So when my grandmother was taken off of life support and she didn't die but seemed to get better I just assumed that Santa Muerte had granted my request. I was even preparing to purchase the items I needed to keep my promise to her. Then my grandmother passed all of a sudden and it threw my whole family for a loop because we truly thought she was going to pull through. It was only in contemplation that I understand what Santa Muerte did. Santa Muerte knew it was her time. However, she knew that she couldn't take her soul at the time she was taken off of life support because it would be far too traumatic on the family. My uncle would spend the rest of his life thinking he killed his mother. It would not have been a peaceful death at all. So I believe Santa Muerte did what she did so that the family would not blame themselves. So for that I am thankful. I am thankful that Santa Muerte gave my grandmother a quick and peaceful death. My grandmother died right, which is what Santa Muerte is all about.
Now, my grandmother smoked for 50+ years. She was only 70 years old when she died. Smoking robbed her of 20-30 years of life. If you have a smoker in your life let them know they can transition over to electronic cigarettes. Trust me, from personal experience I know the can do it. I smoked for 20+ years and I'm not going back. Electronic cigarettes do not produce the smoke and cancer-causing tar. Transitioning over to electronic cigarettes will save lives. So my plea for people is that if you have a smoker in your life to turn them on to electronic cigarettes. You don't have to be pushy like door-to-door religious people seeking to make converts out of them. I've turned on two people to them and I did it not because of pressure, but because I just told them how much I loved them and how cool it is. Even one of my clients has read a previous blog I wrote and then went out and bought a starter kit. So the way you do it is to let them know that an electronic cigarette can completely satisfy them as a normal cigarette would, minus there's no actual smoke, no cancer-causing tar, no ashes, butts, or ashtrays, no stained stained fingers, no stinky clothes, breath, and hair, and no more standing outside in the bitter cold and scorching heat. Additionally you can purchase a disposable e-cig and give it to them. Most smokers don't want to purchase a starter kit without knowing if they will like it or not. So by giving them a disposable it well help nudge them in the right direction. Let them know that if they like it they can buy a starter kit. Also, you might want to get a disposable that looks like a real cigarette. This will also serve to help them transition over the electronic cigarettes. Trust me, newbies always want something that looks like a cigarette at first and they always seem to go with tobacco flavored e-juices. In time they will move on to bigger modes and will experiment with other flavors. As far as recommendations, I would recommend the Blu disposable. You can pick one up for about $10 at your local Walgreens. Also check out the gas stations in your area. The only thing is that it doesn't look like a cigarette. Njoy Kings are a disposable that looks exactly like a real cigarette but they do not last as long as Blu disposables. Here's a review of them below.
Now, you may be asking, "Why should I be forced to try to convince a smoker to transition to electronic cigarettes?". Well, the thing is that it's not hard at all. Most smokers know how bad smoking is. Most smokers have unsuccessfully tried to quit several times. The gum and patches don't work. The pills make you crazy. Electronic cigarettes are 100% just as satisfying as normal cigarettes, without all the horrible other stuff. Electronic cigarettes sell themselves. All you have to do is to give a person a small nudge and the e-cigs will sell themselves. Because I can tell you right now. If they had electronic cigarettes a few decades ago I'm pretty sure my grandmother, and several other relatives, would still be alive today. Save a life and turn someone on to electronic cigarettes.