Nurse asks, 'Did you know I was there?' in touching viral post


Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.


Specializes in retired LTC.

Very moving.

I always felt an odd and different of sense of respect when I provided any post-mortem care. Kind of like this questioning - hoping I made some lasting & positive impact on the pt.

Thank you for posting this. What I love about it is, unlike the usual overly emotional, saccharine and self-sacrificial (barf) descriptions of what it’s like to be a nurse this one hits home on what it feels like to be a nurse. This could be any one of us on any ordinary day. It has been a privilege and an honor to be present at more births than I can count but there is something sacred about being part of the end of another human being’s life that makes it...extraordinary.

Straight No Chaser, LPN

Specializes in Sub-Acute. Has 5 years experience.

nothing more humbling or rewarding than caring for someone at the end of their life.


Specializes in Travel, Home Health, Med-Surg. Has 20 years experience.

Taking care of a person who is dying and/or post mortem is both difficult and beautiful at the same time.

Ty for posting, very moving indeed.

DextersDisciple, BSN, RN

Has 8 years experience.

Very visceral. I always had to cover the patients face with a towel during post mortem care so I could get through it without crying. Seeing their face reminded me how that could have been my family member and made it that much more difficult.

VivaLasViejas, ASN, RN

Specializes in LTC, assisted living, med-surg, psych. Has 20 years experience.

Working with the elderly for most of my career, I saw a lot of death, but I always found it to be a sacred privilege to be there at the moment when the patient took his or her last breath. The last person I saw pass away was my husband, and the nurse in me called the time of death and reported it to his nurse. But then the wife in me took over and I marveled at the way he had reached for my hand as his soul left this earth, winging its way toward Heaven.

This is really well-written. I thank the OP for sharing it.

Straight No Chaser, LPN

Specializes in Sub-Acute. Has 5 years experience.

I feel like this could have been written by a CNA just as easily as a Nurse. They often don't get the credit they deserve and this is a huge part of their job as well.