She hopes the discussion groups will help, whether participants are ready to talk or not.
"It takes a much longer time than I ever imagined it would to recover from losing your parents," said Nugent.
The reaction is overwhelming, said Nugent, and the range of people it relates to and touches has been surprising.
"I didn't originally think of it as a book elderly people might benefit from and I've been pleasantly surprised by the number of elderly people that have said I really helped to express their fears and their experience," said Nugent.
She hasn't had time to think about a follow-up book, but after hearing so many of her readers' own stories, she thinks a compilation of those memories might make a good companion piece.
Nugent will hold an event called "Faith on a Respirator: The Struggle to Keep Faith Alive During Long Term Loss and Illness" at PNEC Church at 24 Circular St. in Saratoga Springs and an event called "For Better or Worse: An End-of-Life Love Story" at Borders at 395 Broadway in Saratoga Springs.
"They Live On" is available at Borders in Saratoga Springs, Corrina's in Ballston Spa, Market Block Book in Troy and the Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza.