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  • yea when i was 8 it isnt real nice
  • Many, many times, but that's what you sign up for when you volunteer for hospice. Even though it was rough getting attached to and then losing people, each person, each passing I witnessed was precious to me.
  • I'm cald not to, im would hughly perfer if i never do.
  • Yes, I held my wife's hand when she died. I was in a truck wreck where the other truck driver died. I was called to numerous fatality accidents while a police officer and discovered a suicide by hanging one time while in the Navy.
  • Many. And it is not pleasant, whether they are friends, family or enemies in war time.
  • Yes, a few...enough said.
  • Yes, and it was nasty, but peaceful. At least someone was there
  • Not once in my life. My grandmother died when I was about 2 years old. And I wasn't allowed to go to the funeral, because it would have been frightening. I was really close to her. And then my grandpa died 3 years ago. But he lives in India, and I'm all the way in Canada. When he was sick with Cancer, my parents went and saw him, but I never got to go.
  • Yes, I held my uncle David's hand as he was taken off life support. He had lung cancer that had spread through his body.It was very peaceful, but at the same time ,very sad. I miss him so much :(
  • Yes, I work in a hospital and i seen a man have a heart attack and he had the most horrible look on his face during the attack. I will never, ever forget this.......be good to your heart!
  • no, i have not, but i can sympathize with anyone who's had to go through such a painful experience. i've lost fmaily members, great grandfather and greatgrand mother, an uncle. but that's it aside from a dog once. and i was not present at either of the 3 family members funeral, and for all 4 i was so young i don't recall much. i guess i'm happier not having to see them die, or not remembering the time period, but for those who do, i'm sorry for your losses
  • Yes, and it was agonizing for me. A terrible loss for quite a few people. Gun shot wounds to the head are not for the weak of heart and mind.
  • When I was in 6th grade my family was eating dinner and my grandfather choked to death on beef roast. My dad tried to do the hymlyc but it was too late. He was deceased when the ambulance arrived.
  • I saw my fish die. It was very depressing because he wasn't completely dead yet. Sad sad. :[
  • Yes. My grandpa had cancer and died when I was 5. At the time I was his only grandchild. My mum called me into the room to say goodbye. It took all of his strength but he sat up gave me a kiss and said "you be a good lass" then he laid back down, closed his eyes, and smiled. A tear rolled down his face as he went to sleep... The other time is far to bloody. I care not to remember.
  • No, and I hope I never will.
  • yes, three. My aunt, my grandfather and my grandmother.
  • As a volunteer EMT I've seen a lot of death but I've also been fortunate to have had the opportunity to help save a few people along the way. On a side note: Please get certified in CPR and keep your certification current. It is a life-saving skill that could someday be needed when you least expect it.
  • I saw my grandmother die. It was upsetting since we were very close, and I was only 14.
  • Yes, many. Some I knew; some I did not. I never got so used to seeing people die that I was not affected; there was always something special about each one.
  • I have seen more than I care to discuss. After working in the ER and also working as an EMT, nuff said.
  • I don't know if this counts, but I was there when my sis-in-law gave birth to my stillborn neice. It was very hard to rationalize what should be a joyous ocassion with such feelings of sadness and grief. My niece, on my then husband's side, gave birth to twins and the little girl died two days after birth and the whole family was there when they took her off life support. They were born at 4 1/2 months gestation. The little boy is now a healthy and happy 7 year old.
  • Yes nuff said..........
  • My dad -- and I didn't realize he had died right away. He fell asleep in his wheelchair like he'd done so many times before, but when he slumped over a little oddly, I nudged him and he didn't ever wake up. Then, I knew, so I picked up the phone and called 911. He had had a tough battle with prostate cancer and heart disease. The primary cause of death was listed as heart failure. It was a nice, quiet, peaceful death though, the way he wanted it.
  • I brought my father home to pass away. When he finally died I was holding his hand, looking into his eyes and reciting his favorite poem. Tramatic to witness, but would not change the experience. For me I think witnessing death added a depth to my life that I had not appreciated in the past.
  • Yes, I have had four people I did not know die whilst in hospital. The strange thing was they passed away whilst I was in the same room, a couple died right in front of me, one "dropping dead." The act of dying does not have the suddenness or shock that I first thought it might. To me, it is more the case that one minute you are there, the next, you have left. The body remains the same for quite some time, the difference that some people find the most hard to deal with, is the reaction of friends or family. Being in a hospital with trained staff, and not knowing any of the persons who died, I experienced very little loss. With one of the deaths, the nursing staff came around to explain in simple terms that the man had passed away and why, and if I did need a priest or counselor, the hospital would provide one for me.
  • I've seen a few postmortem bodies when I was young and worked as a nurse's aid in a skilled nursing retirement home. Then, just a few years ago, I held my father's hand while he died.
  • No, not a person thankfully. I think that would be very upsetting. It was hard putting four cats to sleep but I was with them all when they took their last breath.
  • I saw a guy get hit by a car he deid.
  • I was with my paternal grandmother in the nursing home. I was holding her hand. I was meditating and whispering a little prayer for her benefit. I had a strange sensation that she had passed away. I didn't have any negative feelings because she had Alzheimer's Disease and was sleeping when she died. I was a bit shaky when I went to the nurses' station to tell them my grandma had died. Two of them came into her room and verified the fact. It was strange, after phoning my dad about his mother's demise. I went past her room, the bed had been stripped and her belongings were being boxed up. This was after about an hour after the death. I understood this but it made me feel worse about grandma's passing away. swabby
  • yes, my father 2 years ago.
  • 17 years as a police officer i have witnessed Multiple deaths on the job ranging from traffic crash victims to self inflicted injuries, Illnesses, and person with (Do not resusitate orders)Etc...
  • Yes I have and it was a real reality check.
  • Yes, from a motorcycle accident. It was terrible, it happened 4 years ago and i still have vivid memories of it. Not a nice experience, and what was worse he was married with 2 kids, one only 1 month old. Furthermore the driver who hit him and killed him was a close friend of his apparntly. Imagine how he feels.
  • Yes; back in 6th grade my friend John died when our class was playing a game - he fell onto some concrete stairs & the edge of the stair went right through the part next to his eye. He lost so much blood, I think that's what caused his death. It was horrible to watch.
  • Yes Twice! I held my Dad's hand when they pulled the plug because all his systems had failed and just before he died he opened his eyes after being in a coma for three months and said to my mom "take care of my mom" and looked over at me and told me I was pregnant with a daughter and then passed. I felt his heart make it's last beat. The second was my favorite Aunt and that was just heart wrenching she looked like she was suffering so much.
  • I work many traffic accidents. some have fatalities. i have witnessed many deaths. its something you never get use to, especially if a child is involved. Does it haunt me at night? yes, i would not be human, if it did not.
  • I Have been very lucky and i have not seen anyone die.
  • yes, i have. there was a guy playing tennis when i was in the 7th grade, that feel with a heart attack and died
  • Before I became disabled, I was a nursing assistant. Caring for people as they died was part of my job. The one that touched me most was a man who had suffered a severe stroke and could not speak. He would resist care and was labeled "combative." People didn't like to take care of him. I happened to look at his face, and what I saw there was fear, not anger. He had been fighting because he was unable to say he was afraid he would fall off the bed. I then started to tell him what I was going to do before I did it, and would reassure him that I would not let him fall. He did not resist me. I developed a strong bond with this resident. One day I came on shift and found him fading fast. I held his hand as he died. My finger was on his wrist, and I felt his last pulse beat. I had to take an unscheduled ten-minute break to recover. Most recently, my ex-husband passed away. Our divorce had been a misunderstanding, but by the time we discovered that fact, we were each married to other people. We reconciled as friends, and I am still friends with his widow. She called me as he was being rushed to the ER. He was only four days shy of his 48th birthday and had suffered a cerebral aneurysm. I got to the hospital just a moment too late. He was still connected to everything and looked highly uncomfortable, but they wouldn't disconnect him until the family left. Screw them. I did it myself. With his widow's permission, I unplugged everything and washed him down, got him looking at rest. I couldn't control my impulse to "do my job," even though I am no longer a nursing assistant. It was explained to me that I had been programmed to respond to death in this way. So I "did my job," then I just completely lost it and went into hysterics.
  • i have and i never wanna see someone die again it was to hard to watch and know i could noithing to help and was no way to help the pain but to see the pain go away and see the peace in their eyes is why i watch
  • YES TODAY! on previous occassions too but today was the hardest . At least I was there as I had promised but it happened so quickly it has not sunk in yet which is why I am still sitting here. The house is very quiet and empty
  • I never have.
  • I never actually see someone died, but I have my infant sons, one at 5 months and one at two months dead and try to bring them back through CPR. They both passed away from Sudden Infant Death. It was and is the worse possible thing any mother or parent could ever have to survive from and learn to live all over. Time does not heal the scars from losing a child. And believe me I'm not the same person I was before.
  • Yes, I was at work at the local Cafe one evening when the boss's husband had a heart attack. He died before we could get medical help. I was the last person to speak to him, and he'd asked me if I thought he looked pale! (I didn't think so). Five minutes later he died.
  • Yes. It is a great privilege to be allowed to be with a person during such a personal, precious, and significant moment in their lives. I do not take it lightly. I have been honored to walk that last mile with some dear people and they have taught me much about living.
  • well no, i havent actually seen someone die but my heart goes out to anyone who has lost loved ones, my grandad had a stroke recently and he has lost his speech and his body is shutting down, i think it will be his turn to go soon :(
  • i have watched alot, watched people take there last breath many many times. i looked after them while they were dying, and after they died. some were very peaceful and others were very traumatic. i always worked to ensure they were comfortable, some went quick and unexpected, others held on. some waited for relatives to arrive, others waited for love ones to walk out of the room. it was hard, but this was my experience over 10 years of cancer nursing, but i love it. i built up relationships, and i hoped they died with dignity. i wished it was different, but it's not.
  • My Dad, in hospital, we turned off life support.
  • Yes I have, more than once, and I won't go into details about it niether.
  • no i haven't but in english we just read tuesdays with morrie and my english teacher has watched 3 people die. she saids its like your counting their breaths and when they stop its just like a shock and surprise she said its something you can't explain how it feels.
  • No but I have seen a couple of dead bodies
  • Yes, my father when I was 16. Dogs...both of natural causes and induced.
  • Yes, my mother. She was hospitalized and had been slowly deteriorating for over a year. It was a strange thing, seeing her struggle mightily for each breath, and then, no next breath at 9:06 am. Silence. We all had our eyes riveted on her, waiting to see if there would be another. But there wasn't. A nurse quietly and efficiently threaded between us, detaching wires and tubes, and we gave our last caresses and kisses. My sister closed her right eyelid and I her left. That image stays with me.
  • Yes, occasionally at crime scenes I arrive before the victim is transported or declared dead by EMS.
  • yes, due to accidents, gsw's, mi's,etc. I would like to see someone pass quietly once. To hold hands with God and then pass.
  • no, but i was very close to if only the traffic wasn't so bad i would have been there on time to say "goodbye" to my great grampy
  • Yes, a motorcyclist after an accident with a car. It was not pretty i assure you.
  • Yes, I am in the Australian Army and I have seen quite a few unpleasant deaths. And I'm only 20!
  • One of my friends. She had rabies, a disease so fatal that from what I've read in the Britannica, only one documented person has survived it. And my friend wasn't it. We visited her on her last day in the hospital. I was expecting her to be foaming at the mouth and screaming and biting people, but she was just lying on the bed, gasping for air and looking very weak. When I held her hand, I noticed that her fingernails were turning blue and she was very cold. We tried to talk to her. I don't know if she could hear us, but we still tried. I don't remember what happened after that. I just remember walking out of the hospital feeling empty. Not sad, not angry, not anything. Just unbelievably empty.
  • Yes. 4 people so far. 4 too many in my opinion.
  • Yes, I have. I would rather not go into detail, but suffice to say the experience was....unpleasant.
  • Yes, way too many throughout 17 years of working in law enforcement. Some natural death's and others tragic and Senseless.
  • At work once, a man at the end of my queue at a supermarket register coughed, fell over and died on the spot. It was Christmas eve at 7am, and the supermarket was packed with people. As it was so early the normal managers were not on, and only one person knew to call out certain stuff over the PA, we called an ambulance, and two customers who stood nearby and happened to be nurses, gave him CPR. But it was too late. As he died in store, the ambulance people couldn't take him away - a coroner had to come and do it, so staff and police held a blanket up around the man for privacy, and the store continued trading (which it should not have). I was pretty upset, as were a few others, and we went home. I late found out the man laid there with staff keeping his dignity, for 2 and a half hours before the coroner got there.
  • Yes. He was just hanging there at the end of his bed.
  • yep many. i work in a hospital
  • Yes, unfortunately. on Friday, my best friend was in a car accident. he died in the hospital, and i was holding his hand. it was very sad.
  • yes, I held my wife's hand when she died. There have been a few others, I dont care to elaborate.
  • Yes I was on my way to a reds game, and two people were crossing the street. One guy thought it would be some sort of good idea to let his parapalegic(SP) friend drive. Both people crossing the road got killed,...they were a couple, and were about 30 years old.
  • More times than I care to remember. Was the cause for some and even did it myself once. That's another story tho.
  • Yes on more than one occasion, and recently
  • Unfortunately I watched my best friend's mother slip away when her life support was switched off in the Intensive Care Unit at hospital. It was the most moving and upsetting experience of my life.
  • I've seen more people die than I ever wanted to, in many different ways.
  • I've never actually witnessed someone dying. But they were going to fly my father out to be a better hospital in Charlottesville (Virginia), and before they left, he wanted to speak with me. He told me that this would be the last time that I would ever see him alive, that he loved me and didn't want to see me go on for the rest of my life in any guilt what so ever. I sat there with him, and we both cried for 5 minutes (he had liver damage and needed a new liver. He also had kidney damage), I told him he was the greatest Dad ever, and he told me that I was the greatest son ever. The last words he said to me was "I love you more" as I left the room. That moment really means alot to me in inspiration and every other way possible, because I know for a fact he's looking down smiling at me, being my motivation and inspiration for the rest of my life. I miss him very much, yes, but I know he's still here with me; maybe I don't have proof, but there's just so many contemplating reasons I could express.
  • yes, too many times than its atually worth seeing
  • Yes i have. i saw my grandfather die... i was only eight years old and one day he wasnt feeling very well and i saw him throw up blood, lots of blood. he threw up for about and hour and them he was rushed to the hospital where he died. i was really sad...
  • My grandfather. I had ample time to prepare for it, but that didn't ease the pain any. We always understood each other with few words passing between us. I asked him if he was dying and he, very matter of factly, replied that he was and he didn't want to see a Doctor. He had cancer. I watched him slowly fade away for until he left us for good. I miss him a lot.
  • I saw my grandpa die
  • Yup, wasn't pretty, shit happens sometimes
  • Yes, my mom passed two years ago, and I held her hand until the end. I've had several of my dogs pass in my arms, also. I can't imagine what it would be like to be an EMT, doctor, nurse....and see it all the time.
  • many and its not fun its treble espesily if ur to blame
  • nope, and i hope never i will...
  • I worked in a geriatric unit, and saw many people die regularly.
  • Yes i seen the love of my life die.It was very unexpected, he was so healthy. He broke his foot at work and he had to have surgery on it to get a screw put in it and a few weeks later he is dead.He got a blood clot from the surgery and it went to his heart. The night he died it was about 7:30pm he was getting up out of bed to use the bathroom and he yells for me and i hear him fall in the floor so i run in there and see if he was ok, and he was laying in the floor with his eyes wide open and they were dilated and he was breathing really hard like he had trouble breathing so i called 911 and they were on there way ,then he woke up and pulled his self up on the toilet and he was kind of in and out of it for til the abulance got there and then they tried to get him on the stretcher and he pulled his self half way up onto the stretcher and he just collasped on the floor and stopped breathing and they made me leave the room then and i don't know what they did to him, but after a few minuts they got him out to the ambulance and did CPR about 10 minutes and i wathced the whole time they got him to the hospital and they didn't revive him, he was dead it was the most horrible thing i was ever seen, and i am 5 months pregnant with out baby when it happened
  • Yes. My wife.
  • Hi, You didnt specify whether you are talking about Biological Death(i.e includes rigor mortus) or Spiritual Death or Clinical Death and you still got some answers.People can be very oversimplifying or making of false assumptions. Thanks for the interesting question. I've seen animals die and at least onetime I saw a guy shaking(like the animals do when they are dying from some trauma like a gunshot etc) like that after a car accident but the traffic was moving very fast so I didnt see what finally happened to him.
  • I was kissing my mothers face when she took her last breath.
  • yes, it was peaceful and sacred and then we wrapped the body and sent it to the funeral home.
  • I have never seen anyone die. I have never heard a last breath. I hope I never have to witness someone's spirit leave thier body and return to it's maker. My heart goes out to all of you who have witnessed death.
  • i seen a guy get hit by a train
  • I actually found my father on the floor. Its not the same but he had bled to death because he was on a blood thinner and hit his head by accident on the floor. He had just had his 55th birthday 3 days before
  • More than a few.
  • Yes ..i watched my wonderful gorgeous 32 year old husband die ,,a few months ago..It was MORE THAN AWFUL.......Its is etched in my memory every day.right down to his last breath....
  • I saw my grandmother die. She was just past her 98th birthday, and she had contracted pneumonia and had her time to say goodbye and see all her family. My cousin came home from New Zealand to see her, and to tell her they were pregnant. (They named the baby after her.) And then we all camped out in her room after she lost consciousness, with someone sitting with her at all times. After some days of this, my aunt told everyone to come over, because her breathing had changed. After a few minutes, she stopped breathing altogether, though when I checked, her heart was still beating. Another minute or two later when I checked, and her heart had stopped. The hospital was very considerate and let us take our time before calling in the doctor to confirm her death. It was... odd, holding someone as they died... but it would have been more odd not to be there. I was close to my grandmother, and had lived with her for some years. Getting a call telling me she was gone would have been harder than her peaceful passing with me there. I also saw someone die after a car accident, but that was not such a good experience.
  • Well, never a human, but I've done work experience at a Veterinary Surgery and a golden labrador was euthanised. I was in tears because the owner was a burly, matter of fact and tough looking man, in tears as the dog died, saying things to it like "Youre the best" "See you now.." I also overheard a couple's dog being put down, they were saying to it "you beautiful..." And just sobbing. Im just too sensitive.. :'-(
  • Yes, it really sucks.
  • just about, yes
  • I was with my grandma when she passed. It was in the hospital and we knew it was only a matter of time. It was very peaceful. It was sad too and I still miss her.

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