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Some of the answers have been slightly edited for context.
The courage it takes to come back for addiction recovery.
I’m a member of a 12 step program for recovering addicts.
The meeting head will ask if there’s anyone new or “coming back.” Comebacks are those who relapsed and are returning to the program.
When anyone gets up, the room INVARIABLY gives them the loudest applause and cheers and welcomes them back.
The whole room knows how much courage it takes to come back and how scary it can be to get up and walk to the front of the room. It’sIt’s such a beautiful thing to see, and it makes me cry every time.–simsalibim
Seeing someone you love go through addiction
Whenever my addict Daughter gets arrested (4 times in the last two weeks).
Whenever I look at a picture of her or remember a memory of her when she was little, and she was still my angel, I cry.
Whenever I try to think of something I could do to help her, and realize that I’ve already done everything a parent can do, and it hasn’t helped.
I cry when it gets cold out and wonder if she is stuck out the night somewhere, cold and lonely. I cry when I look at her 8-year-old daughter that my wife and I are raising.
I cry a lot lately.–forumadmin1996
The wedding song that turned into a grief
My wedding song. My husband died in an accident a little over three years ago, only five months after getting married. All I need to hear is the 1st note of the song, and the grief hits hard.–rageofpassion
The doctor who helped her patient to sleep
There was this one particular patient I had working in a trauma center. A 19-year-old girl 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.
I spent the entire trauma holding her hand, on her request, and trying to comfort and keep her mind off the injuries to her legs.
The girl spoke her last words 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
Fathers who tell their children how proud they are of them.–this_place_is_whack
Wanting to show love when it’s too late
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 TV shows he liked and didn’t realize until later that he had an excellent 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.–MarkHirsbrunner
The movie scene that made us all sob
The scene in saving private Ryan when the medic gets shot and dies on the field with the rest of his group desperately trying to save him.–artificiallyselected
Can’t help falling in love by Elvis
It 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 taking his own life.
My poor sister was so strong that day, but that song still gets us both.–Throwaway_Apostate