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People Describe The Most Shocking Deathbed Confessions They’ve Ever Heard From Loved Ones

Updated July 7, 2020 195.4k votes 37.3k voters 1.7m views16 items

List RulesVote up the deathbed confession tales you hope to never hear from your loved ones.

When a person realizes they are about to pass, they often have regrets or even guilt, which may result in some truly shocking deathbed confessions. Most people don't want to carry their burdens into the afterlife and will take the opportunity to share their most intimate (and sometimes disturbing) stories with others.

To live with a shockingly secret story one's entire life can be troublesome, but when truths suddenly come out on a loved one's last breaths, the people affected are often shocked. Stories may even be so revealing that the lives of their entire family are changed forever.

True stories of deathbed confessions can include affairs, secret children, terrible acts that no one knows about, or even their true feelings toward loved ones. In fact, these stories from Reddit about deathbed confessions include all of the aforementioned and more. Some of these tales are even downright creepy – stories their families may have preferred not to know.

Redditors share deathbed stories in these shocking confessions from their loved ones, and the results are often beyond imagination. Read on at your own peril, and vote up the admissions of guilt you are glad were not confessed to your family. 

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  • 1. This Patient Kept A Serious Accident Secret

    From immadee:

    "My mother-in-law worked at a nursing home so she had seen [things], but one stuck with her. A patient knew he/she was near [the end] and called out for someone -anyone- to listen. She listened. The patient said that when they were young, their father had been out drinking with some friends and on the way home he had hit a little girl. Gave very specific details about where and when it happened. The girl was maybe 3 years old. Her father and his friends [hid her body] under the porch steps and never spoke of it again.

    The person had lived with the guilt of keeping it a secret and felt horrible that the little girl's family would never know what had happened. They had to let someone else know."

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  • 2. A Man Admitted To A Serious Incident

    From DemonicWombat:

    "Related to me by my mother before her passing: My great uncle admitted that he had [eliminated] his first wife...because he found her [harming] their neighbor's son when he was 5 years old. This was when he lived in Ireland and a few years later he moved to America, met another woman, and lived his life happily; had a number of kids and gran-kids. It put most of the family into shock as my great uncle was one of the [kindest] people you would ever meet.

    No explanation on how he got away with it, or any more than that. He [passed] like 3 minutes later. Shook my family up for a while."

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  • 3. A Man Confessed To Having A Secret Daughter

    From MartijnCvB:

    "My other uncle had been in a car accident. It was bad. In the ambulance on the way to the hospital, he said 'Tell my wife that Wendy is my daughter and I love her (name changed for privacy).' He [passed] a few minutes later....

    Wendy was the neighbors' then 5 year old child. That caused a huge [problem], I can tell you."

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  • 4. This Woman Found Out Her Partner Had A Disease

    From Pleasebeunique27:

    "I'm a medical student and I had a female patient who was new to our practice who was HIV positive. I needed to ask her how she got the virus... She tells me it was [transmitted via intimate contact], and the only reason she got tested was because her partner of 3 years last words to her...in hospice was 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I wanted to tell you; forgive me.' Heavy stuff."

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