Losing your loved ones is terrible and nothing can repair your loss but a few kind words can make someone feel a little better and this story is one such great example.
Redditor, mcharb13 shared a letter on Reddit that he received just after his mother passed away. It was a personal note from a physician who treated his mother in the hospital during her few crucial last hours.
His mother had breast cancer and a month ago due to severe breathing difficultly she got admitted in the hospital and 16 hours later, she passed away.
What surprised the Redditor and those who read his post was the fact that the doctor who wrote the letter had never met or treated his mother ever before and this was his first and last time that he had treated her.
On Friday, the Redditor told HuffPost: "The letter was written for my father. He stayed by her side until the very end."
"If my mother were alive to see this, she would want readers to reflect on the power of showing compassion towards a total stranger.”
He further added: "The support I got from Reddit was amazing -- doctors, nurses and other Redditors who have lost their mothers to cancer were all shocked and amazed that the doctor took the time to write such a heartfelt, meaningful letter."
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Dear Mr. ______
I am the Emergency Medicine physician who treated your wife Mrs. ____ last Sunday in the Emergency Department at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. I learned only yesterday about her passing away and wanted to write to you to express my sadness. In my 20 years I have never written to a patient or family member, as our encounters are typically hurried and do not always allow for more personal interaction. However, in your case, I felt a special connection to your wife _____ who was so engaging and cheerful in spite of her illness and trouble breathing. I was also touched by the fact that you seemed to be a very loving couple. You were highly supportive of her, asking the right questions with calm, care and concern. From my experience as a physician, I find that the love and support of a spouse or a family member is the most soothing gift, bringing peace and serenity to those critically ill.
I am sorry for your loss and I hope you can find comfort in the memory of your wife's great spirit and of your loving bond. My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.
[Signed] _______, MD