In December of 2012, shortly after his wife passed away at the NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital, a local gentleman was sent a touching, eloquent letter of condolence in the mail by the doctor who had treated her in the emergency room. Such a lovely gesture, and I imagine an incredibly comforting note to receive at such a difficult time. It can be read below.

Transcript follows.

(Source: The couple’s child, mcharb13, via Joanne.)



Dear Mr. [redacted],

I am the Emergency Medicine physician who treated your wife Mrs. [redacted] 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 twenty years as a doctor in the Emergency Room, I have never written to a patient or a 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 [redacted] 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.


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    This is one of the most touching acts of kindness I’ve seen in a long time.
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    I didn’t read this yet, cause it might make me cry. I’m going to though because that’s the sweetest thing.
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    A love like this. An eloquence like this. The ability to recognize what matters. This.
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