Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sober Perspective on Death from One Whose Experienced It

The following quotes are from a new nurse on her experience of death, taken from here. Her words powerfully speak for themselves.

At my job, people die. That’s hardly our intention, but they die nonetheless.

Usually it’s at the end of a long struggle — we have done everything modern medicine can do and then some, but we can’t save them.

When George Clooney and Juliana Margulies went through these routines on “E.R.,” it seemed exciting and glamorous. In real life the experience is profoundly sad.

a death like this is unsettling

Often at work in the hospital I hear John Donne in my head:

Death be not proud, though some have called thee

Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so.

But after my Condition A I find his words empty.

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