Edwin always knew the Grim Reaper would eventually come for him. It was just a matter of time. The Pale Rider came for everyone sooner or later.
Fortunately, Edwin didn't rate very high on the Reaper's schedule. He had time to prepare. Edwin saw that his wife was financially secure. He had planned for every contingency. The insurance policies were paid up, the house was paid for, all of the bills were paid, and provisions were in place to cover future bills.
But there was just one small detail he had not prepared for: the Reaper visited his wife first.