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I Have Watched Someone Die

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 722 People

    I was 16 and with my Dad

    as we sat at my grandmother's hospital bedside, knowing that she was slipping away from us. It was about 2am and I had fallen asleep. I remember being woken by my Dad to go and get his siblings because their mother was going. They were in a waiting room down the hall. As...
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    Feb 24, 2014

    This is about a different person.

    .. It still does not make things better but I was not alone this time... She was my best friend she was very ill... I was with her family at the hospital and she suddenly just passed... We weren't expecting it... It's scary for me to think of it... I mean she didn't deserve it...
    Painfulsoul14 Painfulsoul14
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jun 12, 2015

    Just happened a couple days ago on Saturday.

    My Mom and I we're driving back to my apartment. We we're waiting for the light to turn green when all of a sudden a truck rear-ended the car next to us. We got out and my Mom being a nurse went to administer any aid she could and saw that the man behind the wheel of the truck...
    fiendforlife fiendforlife
    36-40, M
    Oct 6, 2014

    First watching someone take

    that last breath was on the interstate after crash. I've seen dead solders in Iraq they were dead a few minutes by the time I got there.
    Readytorun567 Readytorun567
    31-35, M
    Mar 21, 2014

    I Was Told I Shouldn't Care

    I worked as a CNA at very high dollar retirement home a few years ago.Once of my residents, went on Hospice after I had been there almost a year. Her family requested that I become her hospice caretaker as she really liked me and I had always taken such good care of her in the...
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    Feb 5, 2011

    I have experienced this three times in my life.

    The first being when I was 10 and in boy scouts. We use to do a paper drive on Saturdays, raising money by collecting old newspaper for recycling. This was well before recycling days, back in 1987. As we were finishing up for the day and heading home, there was this guy on the...
    Kman4You Kman4You
    41-45, M
    1 Response Apr 17, 2015

    She Went Peacefully

    At the end of last year we found out that my nana had lung cancer. It was so unexpected and we got told she only had 3 months at most to live. Everytime we went to see it was hard. She never talked any sence, she looked awful. One time she was so skinny and pale it didnt even...
    Chicky Chicky
    18-21, F
    May 31, 2008

    Omg it was tragic I couldn't bear to watch him

    die any long. I couldn't accept the fact that is was just a film :p
    bayliss779 bayliss779
    18-21, F
    Mar 14, 2014

    I watched my mother die.

    I was holding her hand when she took her last breath. I actually felt her spirit leave her body. It felt sort of like mild electricity traveling from our locked hands all the way down my arm and body and out through my feet. I don't care how crazy this may sound. I was there and...
    DaydreamingSleepwalker DaydreamingSleepwalker
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Mar 18, 2016

    I Blame My Self

    The only pearson that I really trully loved died in my lap, and I did nothing to stop it, I blame myself, If I had said no, dont cross the road, It would never had happend, I just sat there with her head on my lap and watched the light dissapier from h eyes,and did nothink. I...
    firebird firebird
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jun 21, 2007

    I keep having memories tonight of my dad

    before he died. If someone just turned him on his back you could hear the " death rattle" or gurgling in his lungs and his eyes were rolled back in his head. It just scared me and made me cry to see him like that. His caregiver saw my face and she closed his eyes. It was just...
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    1 Response Oct 30, 2015

    My Nana!

    My Nana was the most incredible person in the world! We were really close. I was her little princess I was her most special gift she used to say. She didn't have a daughter and I was her only granddaughter! I trusted her with my life I told her things and talked to her about...
    CrazyFunLover13 CrazyFunLover13
    18-21, F
    Mar 24, 2013

    My Husband

    For 18 months, I watched my husband die.  Many times I prayed it would end quickly, then felt guilty for wanting that.  Mostly for my sake..I didn't like him anymore, but I did love him.  Our marriage wasn't great, and I was considering leaving..then he got sick...
    okrafan okrafan
    46-50, F
    1 Response Aug 19, 2007

    The Love of My Life

    It has been a little over a year and a half now which I can't believe, it seems like it was just yesterday. We were madly in love, talking about getting married, planning on it to be more precise. Then one day she took ill. It started off with basic flu symptoms so no one really...
    godsmack666 godsmack666
    18-21, M
    6 Responses Aug 17, 2009

    What Happened In The Woods

    When I was younger, I would go out into the woods with other kids in my rural neighborhood. Everybody knew Everybody, so our parents didn't really mind us exploring. Charlie, Lori, Kyle and I had compasses and could help the other kids find their way home. One day I rounded up...
    16Sins 16Sins
    18-21, F
    Jun 13, 2013

    It was my grandfather.

    He was basically my father - he had raised me since I was an infant. He was the only constant in my world, he knew everything, and even though he was sick for years it never really registered that one day he would be gone. He had been in and out of the hospital for a few...
    roseblossom90 roseblossom90
    26-30, F
    Aug 4, 2014

    My grandmother of 84 years old,

    just died today. God Rest her soul. She was a brave woman, that stood up for her sons. She knew so very well how to cook. She was my last "true" grandmother. She will be forever missed, as well as her famous stuffed cabbage....
    thattoughgirlDanny thattoughgirlDanny
    18-21, F
    Jul 15, 2014

    I was about five when this happened.

    It was very early in the morning when we heard it, maybe around five or six in the morning. It was still darkish and had a bit of fog. But I remember seeing a man laying in the misquite bushes to the side of our yard. He had just been flung maybe a bit more then thirty feet I...
    deleted deleted
    Oct 18, 2015

    I can't count the people I've watched die.

    No, I'm not a murderer. I am a registered nurse who cared for sick people and many dying in hospitals. Most of the people were elderly or end stage cancer patients, and some comfort care. The thing is, I tend to feel what others are feeling. So when a room is filled with family...
    SanitySister SanitySister
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Mar 21, 2014

    It was my aunt Margaret

    and everyone was waiting for her to die because she was in pain but when she did die, it was like this empty feeling in the room and this dark gloomy feeling. It was a really weird feeling.
    jacithepanda jacithepanda
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jun 12, 2015


    All of a sudden my younger brother got very tired.  He didn't want to go to the doctor.  Very soon he could hardly lift a chair.  He was examined and the doctors concluded that he had leukemia.  In the beginning the prospects were optimistic.  He had a...
    moreandless moreandless
    56-60, M
    1 Response May 27, 2010

    That was very hard...

    I wouldn't technically say I "watched" her die, but I did find her dead... My friend Alice died of suicide and that was difficult..
    EmpowermentProject EmpowermentProject
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Feb 24, 2014

    Radiance...My Sister Who Slowly Died In Front Of Us All...

    My sister, Radiance was slowly dying. She had a good life, and though I miss her dearly, it's a good pain that she's gone. She is no longer suffering, hurting, in pain. She's sorely missed, but the remains of my family are glad she left peacefully. One exception, that being my...
    lialytalovesyou lialytalovesyou
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 27, 2013

    Three weeks ago I watched my beautiful grandma

    take her last breath. It feels like just yesterday. She had been diagnosed with one of the deadliest forms of cancer just ONE short month before she passed away. I don't know how to deal with/manage the feelings I have about what I saw. During those last few weeks, she couldn't...
    unpredictableprediction unpredictableprediction
    22-25, F
    May 11, 2015

    So 3 years ago I watched my grandmother

    who was also my best friend die... She had just come home from the hospital she had just recently had cancer... She came home and my family left to get her medication... I was all alone with her then it happened... She started throwing up blood... I couldn't stop it... I didn't...
    Painfulsoul14 Painfulsoul14
    16-17, F
    Jun 12, 2015

    Beautiful Release...

    I used to work as a CNA a few years back, as well as do some private home care for folks in the elderly population.  Most of the people that I have seen pass were waiting for it, and fully accepting of what was going on so it was more so of a beautiful release from life as...
    jasperella jasperella
    31-35, F
    Sep 20, 2007

    It was the 25th of August,

    the night of my sisters birthday, when we got the call that my little cousin Jr. (2 yrs old) was rushed to the hospital and was probably not going to make it. He had been removed from my cousin (Sr.)(which I'm very close too) by C.P.S three days earlier because him and his wife...
    Maiden95 Maiden95
    22-25, M
    3 Responses Mar 22, 2014

    It was a Saturday, around nine o'clock.

    I remember I had been feeling particularly apathetic that day, since a second, strong bout of depression had hit me the beginning of that school year. I hadn't done anything but sleep. My dad had been planning on us making dinner, but I slept straight through it, so we never got...
    Kaoruk100 Kaoruk100
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 6, 2016

    Not Sure If Same Thing

    I took my first human life at the age of 15, it was not what I wanted to do but it really came down to the fact some one had to step forward and take the shoot the officer beside us was not allowed to do it as I ask for his gun all I could here was this guy scram to make the pain...
    rickibrat2 rickibrat2
    61-65, M
    1 Response Aug 22, 2013

    I was 7 years old (3 1/2 months away from my

    8th birthday) the morning my mom's car wouldn't start. My dad was acting strange that day, he was sick, hurting, tired... but he desperately wanted to get my mom's car running in time for her to go to work. He was absolutely pouring sweat while trying to fix it, and ultimately...
    bluebark bluebark
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Nov 24, 2015
    saboosa1 saboosa1
    16-17, F
    1 Response Sep 5, 2014

    I was in the hospital room

    when my then mother-in-law died. She was already in a coma...she just stopped breathing. Then I was in the room when my step-dad died...it was more traumatic. He was pretty coherent until almost the end. Though he was having a hard time opening his eyes..he would struggle to...
    RubyLane RubyLane
    46-50, F
    2 Responses Dec 28, 2014

    Just today, I was at the hospital with my mom's

    cousin. He was in critical condition. I was REALLY worried. I barely talked, moved or even say down. I just stood there. While he was slowing leaving, I felt powerless, unimportant, and it's as if I was so helpless. What I hated most is that they couldn't revive him. He still...
    LemStark LemStark
    18-21, M
    1 Response Dec 4, 2014


    At the age of 15 the only person I could count on was my grandmother. She worked to put me through catholic school and because she didn't drive, she walked me there and home every day. I spoke to her every morning when I awoke and every night before bed... without fail. On...
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jun 17, 2007

    I crested the small hill seconds

    after it happened. My gaze drawn to the flashing hazard lights of the car that was traveling ahead of me. Then immediately to the scooter laying in the road roughly 25-30 ft ahead of the car and then to a pair of dark blue jeans and a light blue shirt in the adjacent ditch. As I...
    whatif23 whatif23
    26-30, M
    Aug 19, 2015

    The Day Mom Passed Away.

    I woke up early and fed her her pain medicine, a daily routine that had only changed in dosage amounts. She wanted more pills, more medicine, so much that it made her sick to her stomach. She was always in pain, she was always crying. When her pain was gone her mind would slowly...
    mintypearl mintypearl
    26-30, F
    1 Response Apr 6, 2012

    I worked in an emergency department of a

    hospital (both adult and pediatric divisions). While I was there, I observed a sum total of 7 deaths, 3 children and 4 adults. It's always sad to know that people who help care for die but even worse when they expire before your eyes. The first few deaths were that of the...
    costascova costascova
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Mar 30, 2014


    I have watched many, many people die, but only in a professional capacity. Still, it is hard to remain removed from the situation entirely, especially when it' has been your decision to let nature take its course, to no longer attempt to wrestle a person back from the edge of...
    TheTardyDodo TheTardyDodo
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jun 10, 2007

    A Nurse's Story

    I have been a nurse since 2005. I have worked in nursing homes , long term acute care hospitals , rehab centers and hospitals . During that time I have seen many people both young and old die in front of me , sometimes in the process of getting CPR . I have also seen some family...
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    Sep 12, 2013

    I've watched my papa died of cancer

    when I was 11 it was hard but I was happy bc I new he was not in pain anymore
    funnygirl32226 funnygirl32226
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 23, 2014

    My pet fish .-. It jumped out of it's bowl like

    a dolphin and landed into my pugs mouth. Kinda adorable....the fishes tail was hanging out of the mouth <3 man, I'm so jelly of that fish...I wanted to jump like a dolphin.
    Runawayday Runawayday
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Mar 21, 2014

    Joe died with his boots on

    I have had very close people in my life who died over time of one disease or another, but looking at the title of this group just made me think of my old room-mate Joe, (William Winfield was his real name) One morning as I woke up he was on the floor purple and kinda shaking...
    TorturedLittleThing TorturedLittleThing
    31-35, F
    2 Responses May 29, 2008

    A few years ago my Mum died

    after having a heart attack, I was holding her hand when her heart finally stopped, that's something nobody should ever have to go through :(
    DefianceUK DefianceUK
    31-35, M
    2 Responses Sep 23, 2014
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