Project #84350 - Hospital and Morgue Essay

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To complete the Hospital and Morgue (HAM) Program, I had to write a 500-word reflective essay describing my experience. Here it is:

 

Hospital and Morgue (HAM) Program Essay

On April 11th and April 18th, 2015, I attended the two-part HAM Program as part of my sentence for DUI conviction. I had not heard of the program before and I wasn’t sure what to expect. At the very least, I hoped that I would learn valuable information from both sessions.

I attended the hospital portion first at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. It was an eight-hour session that took place entirely in a classroom, but it didn’t feel like a class. The instructor made every effort to be interactive and engage with the students. He spent the session asking more questions of us than just lecturing to us.

The instructor focused mainly on making healthy lifestyle choices and what tools we could use to make those decisions. I was surprised that he did not focus more specifically on alcohol and DUI. I thought that this was a good approach, since alcohol use and DUI may be a symptom of a larger problem in one’s life. Also, he acknowledged that many of us have already attended or are attending an alcohol education program and did not want to repeat too much information that we may already have heard.

For a few exercises, we broke into small groups and shared our experiences with the group. I was in a group with two other people. I felt that we had similar experiences and could relate to each other. Overall, it felt like a supportive environment and I was glad that people were open about their experiences.

The following week, I attended the morgue portion of the program at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. I have never been near dead bodies before. I have never even attended a funeral before. I also have seen very few graphic photos of death. Needless to say, I have very little experience with death.

The session lasted about three and a half hours, but it was packed with a lot of information. After a short introduction, we were taken on a tour of the facility. I was surprised at how close we were allowed to be with the bodies and equipment of the facility. It makes a huge difference to be able to see these things in person instead of just in pictures or video. The smell of the facility made the biggest impression on me. It was definitely the smell of death.

After viewing autopsies and a dead body being photographed for evidence, I felt like the fragility of human life became clearer to me. It felt like a privilege to be able to see this side of death investigation. It revealed a side of humanity that I found unsettling at times.

The session concluded with a slideshow presentation of photos from accident sites. Some of the photos, along with the descriptions of what happened in these accidents, have made lasting impressions in my mind. It’s a reality that Hollywood could never accurately portray. The accidents seemed messy, tragic, and preventable.

In conclusion, I was impressed with the quality of the program and feel that I learned a lot. I feel like I was lucky that I was not hurt during my DUI and I didn’t hurt anyone else. I’ve been given a second chance at life and will definitely never drink and drive again.

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