The Place Where Death And Life Meet

I went to the hospital today , a friend of mine was rushed there , it turned out to be something far less serious than we believed .

But as I walked to the cafeteria to buy myself another cup of coffee , I really noticed the people I passed in the hallways , the patients , the loved ones... and I realized what an amazing place the hospital is ..

Now dont get me wrong , I do not like hospitals at all, the white walls , the cold sterilzed feeling , the smells of ammonia the sound of machines striving to keep people alive...

But all the same ..what other place will see death and life the way a hospital does....

As I walked down a hall, there was a group of people clustered together .. what seemed to be the mother was weeping in the middle of them , their grief was so real , it was almost visible ... I put my head down not looking ... walking fast by them not wanting to be reminded of the time I lost someone and wept that hard while a nurse patted my shoulder and told me everything would be fine ...

I walked a few halls away , making a few twists and turns .. and there was a couple .. the young mother being wheeled by the new proud father .. colored balloons attatched to her chair and the newborn wrapped snug in her arms .. both were smiling so wide .. there was a joy there that could not be denied

On line I was musing about this .. and I looked around again ... there in that room ... despair and relief sat side by side ...joy and heartache ...

And I suddenly found a new respect and fearful awe of hospitals ... where else can lives be saved despite inconceivable odds and in the next room people die suddenly .. where else is life and death so close as to touch ....

Where else in this modern , "I only believe when I see it" world ..are real miracles performed ...

I paid for my cup of coffee and sipped it slowly as I walked back to the room that held my friend

I stood there and realized how many had used that room before and how many would use it once my friend left ...

I cannot say that I love hospitals ... but I certainly gained a new perspective on them .. a new respect .. and I will say a new outlook on life in general ... how precious every minute truly is ....
softkitti softkitti
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6 Responses Jul 9, 2010

yes trulysad I saw that I am so sorry truly *hugs*<br />
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yes jeanette69... it hit me how contradictory that one place can be .... thanks for the comment

im 48 and have stood in a hospital and watched friends and realitives die it sucks but i have also stood in a hospital and watched my daughter born ---LIFE AND DEATH

Yes MM it would be wonderful if there wasnt any death , but that is the cycle of life.. *sighs* and as horrible as it seems we must accept the fact that ones that we love and hold close to our hearts are not immortal and that life is precious but very fragile ....*hugs MM* thank you for the comment darling =-P<br />
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Thank you facing fears , that trip made such an impression on me .. I have been to the hospital before and just walked through ...this time I really looked around me .. it sunk in ... and it changed me forever and the way I will see it ..thanks for commenting *hugs*<br />
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I am glad you liked it trulysad ..yes life is such a precious thing ...yes it is very fragile , here today and can be taken quickly in an instant .. thank you for commenting =-D

Its so good to see a new life born....But I dont like people dying....I really wish people who are bron really live forever with a ever expanding and accomodating world...

yes scribs .. that it does ... thanks for your comment =-)

i think it's how people get together in grief and joy that makes it like that,sweetie...it makes you think and admire life for all it's worth doesn't it?