A writer from Boston has penned a powerful piece addressed to the doctors and nurses who cared for his wife when she suffered a fatal asthma attack.
Peter DeMarco's letter was published in the New York Times, but was originally written as a letter to the CHA Cambridge Hospital in Boston, where she was treated. It has since touched the hearts of thousands for its heartfelt message and deep sense of gratitude.
He starts the letter by expressing his surprise that friends and family are taken aback by the fact that he can remember all the names of doctors, nurses, respiratory specialists, social workers and more who helped care for his wife.
He wrote: "“How do you remember any of their names?” they ask. How could I not, I respond."
He goes on to describe the wonderful things they did for his wife Laura, for her parents, and then finally for him.
"How many times did you hug me and console me when I fell to pieces, or ask about Laura’s life and the person she was, taking the time to look at her photos or read the things I’d written about her?"
He finishes the letter by describing the final moments he had with Laura that the nurses set up for him. While he had just asked for a recliner to be set up near the bed, they had a better idea.
"They asked me to leave the room for a moment, and when I returned, they had shifted Laura to the right side of her bed, leaving just enough room for me to crawl in with her one last time. I asked if they could give us one hour without a single interruption, and they nodded, closing the curtains and the doors, and shutting off the lights.
"I nestled my body against hers. She looked so beautiful, and I told her so, stroking her hair and face... It was our last tender moment as a husband and a wife, and it was more natural and pure and comforting than anything I’ve ever felt. And then I fell asleep.
"I will remember that last hour together for the rest of my life. It was a gift beyond gifts, and I have Donna and Jen to thank for it."