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I Have Watched Someone Die

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 629 People

    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

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    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 41-45, F 3 Responses Mar 21, 2014

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    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 22-25, F Aug 4, 2014

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    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 26-30, M Mar 21, 2014

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    Two years ago his life came to an end.

    I was there with him, caring for him for the final weeks of his beautiful life. It was a life filled with hard work, honor, and most of all love. The end of his life was not what he wanted - weakness, without sound mind, and others caring for him. He told me when it was coming...
    tryingtogetbacktome tryingtogetbacktome 31-35, F Nov 4, 2014

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    Complicated

    Through out life people tend to watch the News and find tragedy in the death of others. Whether it is one or thousands the word "Tragedy" or "Tragic" usually escape people's mouths. I don't share the story of my life easily but I have seen 27 people die. Not at once, over time...
    malicethedevil malicethedevil 31-35, M Mar 23, 2013

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    My Eddy

    Eddy had cancer for 6 yrs. It was in his liver for the last two. He was a strong amazing man and I loved him with all my heart and soul. He worked at an insane asylum so it was easy for him to accept me as I am, lol. I'm bipolar, ptsd, gad (generalized anxiety disorder ), just a...
    jreaninneise jreaninneise 46-50, F 1 Response Jan 27, 2013

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    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 41-45, F 2 Responses Dec 28, 2014

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    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 18-21, M 3 Responses Mar 22, 2014

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    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 16-17, M 1 Response Dec 4, 2014

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    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 13-15, F Jun 12

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    5 months ago I watched my grandpa die.

    He was living in a hospice with cancer, and we knew he didn't have long left so we planned a party for him, like a celebration of life while he was still around so he could see all of his friends/family before he passed. It was on a Sunday, February 1st. We wanted to have it in...
    medicinedreams medicinedreams 16-17, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    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

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    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 3 Responses Sep 23, 2014

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    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

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    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

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    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 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 17

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    Awesome

    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

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    I watched both my parents get murdered.

    The doctors never believed me when I said I was fine. I killed the bastard, self defense, but they still put me in that hell hole. I still can't get over the fact that I could've done more. If the doctors knew I was cutting myself again they'd want to put me back in that...
    MrPoolofsouls MrPoolofsouls 36-40, M 2 Responses Jun 10

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    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

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    And I Miss Him Everyday...

    I have only lost one person in my short life so far, and he was the only person I have seen die as well. My grandfather was the patriarch and center of our family, and for me he was much more than a grandfather, he was a friend and if anything else the closest thing I have ever...
    4four2twenty0 4four2twenty0 22-25, F Mar 10, 2010

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    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 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 12

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    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 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 23, 2014

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    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 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 12

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    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

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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 5, 2011

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    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...
    nomar251 nomar251 51-55 2 Responses Sep 12, 2013

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    Detachment.

    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

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    saboosa1 saboosa1 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 5, 2014

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    Helpless

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 31-35, M Oct 6, 2014

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    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 16-17, F Mar 24, 2013

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    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

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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 24, 2014

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    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 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 21, 2014

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    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 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 30, 2014

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    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 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 15, 2014

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    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 13-15, F Mar 14, 2014

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