Just Stay

Photo Credit: DVIDSHUB via Creative Commons, Flickr

Photo Credit: DVIDSHUB via Creative Commons, Flickr

There is something special who has the care and concern for other people…even if the other person is a stranger. In my opinion, when an individual can demonstrate kindness and compassion to someone in need, that is a rare trait that few people seem to possess. I read the following story on truthbook.com which is one of my favorite stories of someone showing a wonderful level of empathy and sympathy to a fellow human being.


A nurse took the tired, anxious serviceman to the bedside. “Your son is here,” she said to the old man. She had to repeat the words several times before the patient’s eyes opened.

Heavily sedated because of the pain of his heart attack, he dimly saw the young uniformed Marine standing outside the oxygen tent. He reached out his hand. The Marine wrapped his toughened fingers around the old man’s limp ones, squeezing a message of love and encouragement.

The nurse brought a chair so that the Marine could sit beside the bed. All through the night the young Marine sat there in the poorly lighted ward, holding the old man’s hand and offering him words of love and strength. Occasionally, the nurse suggested that the Marine move away and rest awhile. He refused.

Whenever the nurse came into the ward, the Marine was oblivious of her and of the night noises of the hospital – the clanking of the oxygen tank, the laughter of the night staff members exchanging greetings, the cries and moans of the other patients. Now and then she heard him say a few gentle words. The dying man said nothing, only held tightly to his son all through the night.

Along towards dawn, the old man died. The Marine released the now lifeless hand he had been holding and went to tell the nurse. While she did what she had to do, he waited.

Finally, she returned. She started to offer words of sympathy, but the Marine interrupted her, “Who was that man?” he asked.

The nurse was startled, “He was your father,” she answered.

“No, he wasn’t,” the Marine replied. “I never saw him before in my life.”

“Then why didn’t you say something when I took you to him?”

“I knew right away there had been a mistake, but I also knew he needed his son, and his son just wasn’t here. When I realized that he was too sick to tell whether or not I was his son, knowing how much he needed me, I stayed. I came here tonight to find a Mr. William Grey. His son was killed in Iraq today, and I was sent to inform him. What was this Gentleman’s Name? ”

The nurse with tears in her eyes answered, “Mr. William Grey………”

  17 comments for “Just Stay

  1. July 24, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Awe, this brought tears to my eyes. So heartwarming and selfish, we need more of this in the world!


    • July 24, 2013 at 2:55 am

      You are ABSOLUTELY right…we certainly do need more compassion and empathy towards other people in this world!!


  2. July 24, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Oops I meant selfless!


  3. July 24, 2013 at 3:35 am

    Oh my word, that brought tears to my eyes and I felt a shiver when I read that. What a truly beautiful story. What a loving God we have who sent that young Marine at just that time he was needed, not to deliver his bad news to the father but to give that father comfort as he lay their dying, not knowing who the man was. God bless that young Marine.


  4. July 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Where’s my Kleenex box when I need it! So touching.


  5. July 24, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    …oh that we may have and portray such selfless love…


  6. schirtlea
    July 25, 2013 at 6:24 am

    awww..so sad:-(


  7. July 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Love your blog! Every story or picture is inspiring and thought provoking- wish everyone was more aware of how we impact each other on this planet! Keep at it- you are making a difference!


    • July 25, 2013 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you SO MUCH for your words of encouragement and kindness…I appreciate it. Keep in touch my friend and have a great day!!


  8. jlmartinez815
    July 25, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Very heartfelt story. So touching and inspiring. Thanks for sharing!


  9. July 27, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Thank you, Coach. I have met wonderful people like this…amazing human beings.


  10. July 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Reblogged this on Soul Gatherings and commented:
    A wonderful story reblogged from Coach at goodtimestories…


  11. July 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


  12. July 27, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Thank God he received the right message… of LOVE and COMPASSION 🙂


  13. September 6, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    What a powerful story….and a clear message to us to always be ready to share our compassion where needed. Thank you.

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