It's always chilling to think about the last words you exchange with another person. This AskReddit thread asked a bunch of doctors and nurses — who deal with death regularly — to share some of the most memorable final experiences they had with people. Their answers are seriously creepy.
"I'm a nurse and was previously working at an assisted living community on the dementia/Alzheimer's unit. My very favorite patient had been declining pretty steadily so I was checking on him very frequently. We would have long chats and joke around with each other, but in the last two weeks of his life, he stopped talking completely and didn't really acknowledge conversation directed at him at all. I finished my medication rounds for the evening and went to see him before I left. I told him I was leaving for the night and that I'd see him the following day, and he looked me in the eyes and smiled SO genuinely and said, 'You look like an angel.' I thought it was so sweet because he had not seemed lucid in weeks. He died the next morning. It really messed with me." – abbztract
While it's sometimes nice to hear that your appearance can be angelic, it's a little unnerving when it's said by someone who might have met actual angels shortly thereafter.
"Cardiac ICU: Had a gentleman who was DNR on comfort care. He was demented and was cursing like a sailor. He seemed to have moments of clarity and would ask to see his brothers (who were both passed). After a particularly worrisome heart rhythm, he went back into a Sinus tachycardia and look me in my eyes and said 'Hey, whats your name?'
'What do you do here?'
'I'm a nurse.' After this, he was quiet for some time... then he said... 'F**k you.' And then he died about 20 minutes later." – Kabc
"I work in a cardiac ICU. We had a patient who had a pulmonary artery rupture (a rare, but known complication of a Swan-Ganz catheter). One minute he was joking around with us and the next bright red blood was spewing out of his mouth. His last words before he died were 'why is this happening to me?' It still haunts me years later". – Awk_Ward1
I would wonder the same thing if I were in this situation.
"My grandfather on his deathbed said 'they have no eyes', still give me chills." – EuclideanMan
Even though that automatically makes us think something creepy and demonic, maybe they had no eyes because they were so bright from the beautiful white light that emanated from them? Or, you know, your grandfather had some demons he never talked about.
"'Get home safe, little one.' It wasn't what he said - he said the same thing to me any time I had him as a patient for the evening. It was how he said it. He gave me this look and pause like he knew. The DNR's in my experience, always know when it's time. It's creepy." – melissakfern
There are a lot of ways of saying the same thing. Sometimes you elicit a different response.
"I had a man (he of the 'Jesus has a pink sports coat' fame) who insisted his old army buddy had come to visit him. They saw each other often and played euchre together. His family tried to tell him Joe hadn't been there. Finally they called Joe to prove it. Joes wife said, 'I didn't want to add to your trouble during this time, but Joe died 2 months ago.'" – Liv-Julia
There's such a thing as "going alone" in euchre when you don't think you need your partner to win the most tricks. But from the sounds of it, this guy definitely didn't "go alone."
"Not a hospital story, but according to my family my Great-Grandfather was unresponsive his final few days, but suddenly sat bolt upright in the bed and then had a huge smile and raised his hands out as if greeting someone. Then he fell back and died." – zerbey
Of all the eerie things that can happen in the last moments of your life, this is one the of the sweetest I've heard.
11. The Old Gray Mare
"Checked in on a patient before the end of my shift and she was in good spirits, had been joking with me the whole time. Her condition was tenuous (new trach) but she had been positive throughout. I asked how she was doing and she replied by singing 'The old gray mare ain't what she used to be' and wished me a good night. I came in the next morning and she had coded and died overnight." – TheMarkHasBeenMade
Sometimes being "healthy as a horse" isn't the best prognosis.
"My grandfather's brother, he died exactly 6 hours after my grandfather and just minutes before he died he said 'I'm going to see you again brother' He didn't know at the time that my grand dad (his brother) had died. The family were going to tell him the next morning because he was having a bad day." – dperabeles
We don't know a lot about what happens to the brain as we're dying, but it's stories like this that are inexplicable and make me be a total believer in the supernatural.