Her dead husband came to see her and told her he would come back at 4 a.m.
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The Art of Dying – Drs Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick
A nurse told us the following incident which happened when she was on night duty at a Manchester hospital. An elderly couple had been involved in a car accident. The man had been badly injured, but the woman suffered mainly from shock and bruising.
I went for my break at midnight and on my return I was told the gentleman had died from his injuries but his wife was not to be told yet. I went to her bedside and, asked if she would like a cup of tea. She excitedly told me that her husband had just been to see her and told her he would come back at 4 a.m. and they would go home together. I thought that she was still affected by shock. Her blood pressure suddenly began to fall about 3.30 a.m. and the Staff Nurse sent for the doctor.
She was still watching the door intently, waiting for her husband. The doctor said she was deteriorating fast and did all he could to save her. She was smiling and watching for someone before she passed quickly into spirit. Death was noted at 4 a.m.
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Observation contributed by: Margaret Booth