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I'm all for people wearing their hearts on their sleeves and crying from watching emotional movies.


I was never that person. Maybe for the longest time, I thought crying was a sign of weakness and I didn't give in.

That is until I watched The Color Purple and sobbed after witnessing Nettie and Celie reuniting after 30 years.

Still gets me every time.

Curious to hear from strangers online and of their most vulnerable moments, Redditor CSCW asked:

"What never fails to make you tear up or cry?"

Death

Whether it's a family member or a hospital staff, witnessing a person's last breath is something that can stay with you forever.

The Note

"My late partner passed away from leukemia at 38 years old. He hid a letter for me in our room in case he didn't make it. It's the most beautiful and eloquent thing I've ever read."

"He talks about regretting not being able to see my hair turn Grey, or seeing me accomplish my dreams. He gives me permission to fall in love again, be messy, and move forward. The level of support is so encouraging. It's also a heartbreaking read and I've only read it 3 times. I will read it again on the 2 year date of his passing at the end of this month."

saudadedabahia

The Son

"Thinking about how poorly I treated my dad when he was still alive. He was always trying to find things in common with me to connect with me. When I found out he liked something I also liked, I just changed my mind and found it uncool. I looked down on the tv shows he liked and didn't realize until later that he had an awesome taste for quality campy television like The Adventures of Brisco County Junior and other classics from that era of 90s syndicated television. If I knew him now he'd be my best friend. I did try to connect with him in the last few years of his life but he had dementia by then and couldn't follow things I knew he would have found interesting before."

"His last words to me were 'It hurts' while I held his hand during catheterization on his last trip to the hospital. I was too embarrassed from seeing his penis to offer any true comfort."

MarkHirsbrunner

The Patient

"One particular patient I had working in a trauma center. 19 year old girl I'd never seen before, and didn't know at all. She was ejected from a vehicle and then crushed because her boyfriend was trying to show off. I was training new staff, and they were at the end of their training so I was only in the room to provide supervision and step in if necessary and I spent the entire trauma holding her hand (on her request) and trying to comfort her and keep her mind off of the injuries to both of her legs."

"Her last words were spoken directly to me: 'this really hurts. Can I go to sleep?'"

"I cried for days after. I've never had a patient's death hit me as hard before or after."

MiniMitsu

Pets

Losing a pet can cause as much grief as losing a family member.

Dog's Last Day

"Thinking about my dogs last day. She was 17 years old and her organs were shutting down. Before we took her to get put down she was in the backyard eating her food. She walked slowly to us while wagging her tail and we took her. When we got home to bury her I looked over at her dog bowl and there was still a bit of food in it. Kills me every time I think of it."

Fatal-Symbiote

Irreplaceable

"When my dog died I thought of taking her to get put down but she was so scared of the vet that I couldn't let her last moments be full of fear. I sat with her all night, she stopped eating, she couldn't move much, she couldn't control her bladder, but I still sat with her. I kissed her on the head and told her I'd be okay and not too lonely, it was ok for her to go when she was ready. A few minutes later she let out a little yelp and that was it. That was 5 years ago and I haven't been able to get another pet since because I don't know if I can go through that again."

I_PEE_WITH_THAT

Goodbye, Mortimer

"Thinking of that abandoned little kitten I found. I called him Mortimer. Tried to keep him alive. Bottle feeding him. Keeping him warm, skin to skin. Staying awake through most of the night. Calling in sick day after day to stay with kitty. Emergency vet scheduling with them saying he probably won't make it."

"Kitty didn't make it. It's when my oldest cat slowly stalked up to the cat, nudging her nose against Mortimer's head. Mortimer didn't move. Didn't react. I put him in a shoebox with his blanket... So he would not be cold."

"Buried him and left a little pebble for a tombstone."

"That was twenty years ago."

"I'm sorry, Mortimer. I couldn't save you."

aGiantmutantcrab

Movies And Music

People connect to songs and films because it resonates on a certain level.


"Cant help falling in love - elvis"

"Was supposed to be the song my sister and her fiancee danced to at her wedding. Instead it was played walking into the church, at his funeral, after he took his own life."

"My poor sis was so strong that day, but that song still gets us both."

Moving Monologue

"The ending monologue of movie The Shawshank Redemption. 'I find I'm so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.'"

NotOriginalUser6784

Emotional Ending

"The end of Homeward Bound."

"Especially when Shadow says 'Peter! You're ok!'"

"Like, they went through all of that and almost died multiple times and Shadow was just glad to know Peter was ok."

"Get's me every time."

IM_THE_DECOY

"I Could Have Got More..." – Schindler's List

"As a grandchild of Holocaust survivors, I'm fairly desensitized to the more graphic imagery, but that is absolutely the toughest part to watch. What is the value of a human life? A ring, a watch, a meager everyday object is all that the life of a family member may be worth."

codisinc

Effects Of Aging

"Strategically placed albums from my youth."

"If I am half drunk and someone begins to play the album 'Four Cornered Night' by Jets to Brazil, I will become uncharacteristically nostalgic, and then openly sob at the idea of how good I was at being 18 years old, vs how sh**ty I am at being 38 years old."

"Getting old is weird."

BodePlotHole

Reading about pet-owners losing their beloved furry companion is exactly the reason why I have never owned a cat or a dog.

I'm afraid of getting too emotionally attached to them to the point where I suffer a grief comparable to losing family or a close friend.

But then I think about how much I'm missing out on the rewards and constant love that comes with being a pet owner.

Maybe it's worth making a trip to the local shelter.

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