Not all “last words” leave an enduring mark on the world. While it seems great philosophers and brilliant minds can show their profound understanding of humanity with a few well-thought out parting words, the rest of us usually don’t manage to utter anything memorable.

However, these doctors and nurses bore witness to last words that stuck with them well after the work day. Whether spoken in a state of delirium, fear, or peace, these thoughts patients shared in their penultimate moments are something these medical professionals will never forget.

1. “The body is in the woods next to the oak tree.” One surgeon said that, while a patient was on his deathbed, he repeated this phrase for hours. The police were called to investigate but found nothing. A true deathbed confession?

2. “Am I dead? I’m in hell.” A lab tech was taking blood from a coding patient when he suddenly locked eyes with her and said these haunting words. He died within a few hours. Hopefully for his sake, he ended up somewhere more north of Hell.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

3. “They have no eyes.” These last words are pure nightmare fuel spoken by one Reddit user’s grandfather in his final moments. It’s probably best not to try and picture what he was talking about if you plan on sleeping tonight.

Pan’s Labyrinth

4. “Fire! Fire! There’s fire everywhere!” One hospital worker had an encounter with a patient who said,”You know where I’m going when I die. And it ain’t up.” When the nurse asked if she wanted to see the priest, she said, “It’s too late for that.”

Inverse

5. “I see a bright light…Horses…No eyes…NOOO!” An ER physician overheard this while a patient died of renal failure. After he finished yelling, he abruptly stopped and calmly said “I understand,” and died. Medical school doesn’t prepare you for this.

Grey’s Anatomy

6. “He’s in all black, and he’s got a top hat on. And his eyes are red.” A CNA said one old lady wanted to wear all white because of “the man in black” as she stared into the corner of the room.

7. “The spiders are eating papa.” In Pakistan, a school bus crash killed a dozen students. As one child was put on a stretcher, he screamed something in his native tongue. When the translator told doctors what he said, they wished they didn’t know.

The Beyond, 1981

8. “Bill’s here, love, I’ve got to go.” While one RN was chatting with her renal failure patient and helping her get ready for bed, she said these words and looked over her shoulder before dying suddenly. Based on her file, Bill was her late husband.

9. “It’s about damn time you got here! I’ve been waiting!” After a few days of being unresponsive, one grandfather was resolute to leave this world when he said his last words. At least he didn’t mention anything about spiders or eyes.

10.”You look like an angel.” A nurse at an assisted living facility saw her patient declining significantly. Their daily chats stopped, and he became unresponsive. One day, he looked at her and said those words just before dying.

Angels in America

11. “Get home safe, little one.” This particular patient always said this to his nurse at the end of the evening. This time something seemed off when he wished her well. The next morning she found out he had passed.

Aging In Place

12.“Why is this happening to me?” There’s nothing worse than when someone dies unexpectedly. While he was talking with his doctor, this patient suddenly started to bleed out of his mouth. His last words reflect his haunting surprise about his death.

13.“Bob, Bob, here I come. Oh, honey I’ve missed you so much!” Not all last words are scary. These are fairly comforting. The woman who said them lost her husband twenty years prior and couldn’t wait to be reunited.

Sujata Setia

14. “Something’s going to happen.” Hospital chaplains are usually privy to some intense final moments. In one case, a patient discussed the ten oranges on her table with the priest and said those innocuous words. She died the next day.

15.“I’m going to see you again, brother.” Some relationships transcend logic. These words were said by a man whose brother died just six hours before. His family had yet to tell him about the death, yet he somehow already knew.

16.“The Devil has been in my room all night, but don’t worry, God is with you.” While coding from a seizure, this patient yelled about the devil being with him for his final moments.

17. “Are you going to bury me today?” As he went in and out of consciousness, one man described people climbing on the walls and peering at him from under the bed. His final words ended up coming true to the horror of his family.

18. “I have faced death many times before.” His nurse offered him necessary insulin as he ate breakfast, and he haughtily declined, citing his ability to cheat death. Thirty minutes later he died by choking on his eggs.

19. “Why are they here?” Seeing people in the room that aren’t really there seems to be a common theme for final words. The woman who said this was resistant to dying but was suddenly peaceful at the very end.

Mallory Agerton

20. “Don’t be sad.” After smoking her whole life and getting lung cancer, this woman lost the ability to speak. In her final moments, she summoned up the voice to say these words to her family before finally succumbing to her disease.

Nursing home workers hear crazy stuff all the time, so one medical professional wasn’t too worried when an elderly lady reported seeing a woman wearing a pink cardigan who told her she had to “get up and go.” At least, she wasn’t worried at first…

The Zoe Report

Later that night, more patients reported seeing the same woman. The nurses had no idea what was up, until one patient died and, in her belongings, they discovered something shocking: a photograph of her next to another woman. Guess what lady #2 was wearing.

Mirror

2. When one woman had been brain dead and without a pulse for 45 minutes, hospital workers figured she was done for. The signs were all there; she had even turned grey, and started to smell…

That’s why medical professionals were shocked when she sat up and began to ask for her family. The patient quickly stabilized, and when they arrived, she could say her final goodbyes. Right afterwards, she passed away. Heartwarming, or just freaky?

Next Avenue

3. Imagine being a paramedic forced to drive long distances in the woods at night. This is exactly what happened to one care provider. Towards the end of an exhausting shift, she and her partner spotted a lone dog. What it did next terrified them.

As they approached it slowly, the massive animal suddenly stood up on its hind legs. It was terrifyingly huge, standing taller than 6 feet. The worst part? Its eyes glinted yellow in the darkness. We’re not saying it was a werewolf, but…yikes.

Express

4. This nurse didn’t think twice when she came into a patient’s room to find a man sitting on the edge of her bed. The guy assured her that he was only “making sure she makes it okay.” Innocent enough, right? Not so much.

Thought Catalog

Later that day, the woman died. As workers were clearing out her things, they found a photo album. Inside was a picture of the deceased with the same man who’d been there earlier. It was her father…who had died years earlier from cancer.

5. One home health aid working in a big, old house was startled to hear her patient scream out in terror one afternoon. She questioned him as to what was wrong, but his response made her regret even asking.

MSN

The man responded that he had felt someone sit on the end of his bed. Thinking it was one of his children, he sat up and was faced with a terrifying creature: a childlike figure with pale skin, black hair, and completely black eyes.

6. Dementia hallucinations can be scary to witness, but it’s okay because they’re not real…right? One 94-year-old woman couldn’t stop seeing a little boy who would point at her and laugh about her impending death. Then something happened that caused major concern.

The woman’s young grandchild came to visit, and he immediately turned to the same corner. Angrily, he shouted “I’m going to beat you up!” Who was he talking to, his parents asked? Another little boy, and one who wasn’t very nice.

NYCM Search

7. The children’s wing of a 1950’s-era hospital in London is not where you want to be, and this woman’s story only confirms it. Late one night, this nurse was walking through the halls when she heard a faucet running.

Old World Plumbing

She didn’t think too much of it. That is, until a coworker informed her that a ghost haunted the hospital, one who would always wash his hands before the death of a child. Sure enough, the following day a previously healthy patient abruptly passed away.

BBC

8. One man began doubting his own senses when towards the end of a long shift, he felt someone place their hand on his shoulder. Turning around, he was even more horrified to see that he was alone. He put it out of his mind until the following day…

Speaking with an older patient, suddenly something that she said caught him way off guard. The old woman pointed behind the frightened doctor. “There’s a man standing behind you,” she said. “He’s quite handsome.”

9. Car accidents are known for producing some of the most violent injuries that pass through hospitals. So when one man arrived in critical condition, unconscious and bleeding heavily, the nurses on duty thought they were prepared. They couldn’t have been more wrong.

WSBT

Out of nowhere, the man jolted awake. Frantic and afraid, he shouted “Don’t let me go back there! Please, please, please, don’t let me go back!” A few seconds later he died. Hopefully his cries were nothing more than a bad dream…

10. Medical staffs frequently hear the haunting last words of their patients. One surgeon said that, while a patient was on his deathbed, he repeated, “the body is in the woods next to the oak tree” for hours. The police were called to investigate but found nothing.

11. “Am I dead? I’m in hell.” A lab tech was taking blood from a coding patient when he suddenly locked eyes with her and said these haunting words. He died within a few hours. Hopefully for his sake, he ended up somewhere more north of Hell.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

12. “They have no eyes.” These last words are pure nightmare fuel spoken by one Reddit user’s grandfather in his final moments. It’s probably best not to try and picture what was talking about if you plan on sleeping tonight.

Pan’s Labyrinth

13. “Fire! Fire! There’s fire everywhere!” One hospital worker had an encounter with a patient who said,”You know where I’m going when I die. And it ain’t up.” When the nurse asked if she wanted to see the priest, she said “It’s too late for that.”

Inverse

14. “I see a bright light…Horses…No eyes…NOOO!” An ER physician overheard this while a patient died of renal failure. After he finished yelling, he abruptly stopped and calmly said “I understand,” and died. Medical school doesn’t prepare you for this.

Grey’s Anatomy

15. “He’s in all black, and he’s got a top hat on. And his eyes are red.” A CNA said one old lady wanted to wear all white because of “the man in black” as she stared into the corner of the room.

16. “The spiders are eating papa.” In Pakistan, a school bus crash killed a dozen students. As one child was put on a stretcher, he screamed something in his native tongue. When the translator told doctors what he said, they wished they didn’t know.

The Beyond, 1981

17. “Bill’s here, love, I’ve got to go.” While one RN was chatting with her renal failure patient and helping her get ready for bed, she said these words and looked over her shoulder before dying suddenly. Based on her file, Bill was her late husband.

18. “It’s about damn time you got here! I’ve been waiting!” After a few days of being unresponsive, one grandfather was resolute to leave this world when he said his last words. At least he didn’t mention anything about spiders or eyes.

19.”You look like an angel.” A nurse at an assisted living facility saw her patient declining significantly. Their daily chats stopped, and he became unresponsive. One day, he looked at her and said those words just before dying.

Angels in America

20. “Get home safe, little one.” This particular patient always said this to his nurse at the end of the evening. This time something seemed off when he wished her well. The next morning she found out he had passed.

Aging In Place

21.“Why is this happening to me?” There’s nothing worse than when someone dies unexpectedly. While he was talking with his doctor, this patient suddenly started to bleed out of his mouth. His last words reflect his haunting surprise about his death.

22.“Bob, Bob, here I come. Oh, honey I’ve missed you so much!” Not all last words are scary. These are fairly comforting. The woman who said them lost her husband twenty years prior and couldn’t wait to be reunited.

Sujata Setia

23. “Something’s going to happen.” Hospital chaplains are usually privy to some intense final moments. In one case, a patient discussed the ten oranges on her table with the priest and said those innocuous words. She died the next day.

24.“I’m going to see you again, brother.” Some relationships transcend logic. These words were said by a man whose brother died just six hours before. His family had yet to tell him about the death, yet he somehow already knew.

25. “The Devil has been in my room all night, but don’t worry, God is with you.” While coding from a seizure, this patient yelled about the devil being with him for his final moments.

26. “Are you going to bury me today?” As he went in and out of consciousness, one man described people climbing on the walls and peering at him from under the bed. His final words ended up coming true to the horror of his family.

27. “I have faced death many times before.” His nurse offered him necessary insulin as he ate breakfast, and he haughtily declined, citing his ability to cheat death. Thirty minutes later he died by choking on his eggs.

28. “Why are they here?” Seeing people in the room that aren’t really there seems to be a common theme for final words. The woman who said this was resistant to dying but was suddenly peaceful at the very end.

Mallory Agerton

29. “Don’t be sad.” After smoking her whole life and getting lung cancer, this woman lost the ability to speak. In her final moments, she summoned up the voice to say these words to her family before finally succumbing to her disease.