If it doesn't kill them first, they will!
Salt of the Earth is a novella originally written in serial form for the magazine Writers Post Journal, in 2005.
Meet Nattie Birnbaum, Rip's erstwhile Guardian Angel; Gracie, the Welcome Committee of one; Chester, the checkers champ and resident in charge of the comings and goings of the dearly departed. It's a cozy neighborhood and Rip is going to find out how he can fit in. Welcome, Rip Porter, to the first day of the rest of your death.