What a day! I know my AN nurses & students will understand.
When I arrived on the floor for my last patient care clinical day at the hospital, I was asked by my prof if I would do my first post-mortem care.
I kept a professional demeanor throughout, but after it was all over, it really hit me hard. My patient was only a few years older than me, so it really hit home.
My instructor had me accompany my patient to the morgue. It's surreal waking through the hospital with the morgue cart. It was very discreet and respectful. The average person in the hall would have never suspected. It's just left me thinking about mortality and the importance of saying "I love you" to your family.