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Posted 18 August 2018 - 11:00 PM
I work in a hospital and spent most of my day holding the hand of a dying man with no family. It was a privilege to be able to be with him in his last hours and I am thankful he is now at peace. Please think of him tonight.
Posted 19 August 2018 - 12:31 AM
Thank you OP. That was a wonderful thing that you did for that man. May he Rest In Peace.
Posted 19 August 2018 - 12:42 AM
My mum works in aged care and is there for many last moments. You and she are very special people who have that privilege and can acknowledge the enormity of it. I'll take a minute for him and a minute for you. RIP.
Posted 21 August 2018 - 11:45 AM
You didn't leave him to die alone.
I missed breaks to make sure an elderly man I was caring for wasn't alone when he passed.
It has only happened once in my career, it was 30yrs ago and I doubt I'll ever forget the experience.
It was profound and a privilege.
I'm proud of you, if you don't mind me saying so.
RIP dear man.
Posted 21 August 2018 - 07:32 PM
Mum and I were with Dad holding his hands when he died. A beautiful SAH Dad of 3 from our primary school died the next year overnight and alone, I cred when I heard
Posted 22 August 2018 - 10:25 AM
Last year I met an elderly lady at the hospital who was the last of her family. Both her husband and son had died previously and she told me she had thought she was strong enough to be the last one but now she knew she wasn't. That totally broke my heart. She was discharged soon after and I never found out what happened to her. But I think of her all the time.
Posted 22 August 2018 - 10:45 AM
****, this thread has made me cry 😢.
A few months ago I held my Nana’s hand as she died - I’m so glad I was there. She had had a very bad stroke and couldn’t have known I was there - yet I somehow think she did know. An old family friend who died a few years ago was alone in hospital because his grown daughters couldn’t be stuffed driving two hours to be with him. I still feel both sad and angry when I think about that.
You’ve done a truly graceful thing OP. Thank you.
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