Waterbury Valentine’s story: I met my wife in the morgue


Ryan and Morgan Crichton have a strange love story — but, it is a love story. It has to do with the strange place where they met — at the morgue in Waterbury Hospital.

“It’s a weird story,” Morgan said.

A little over a year ago, Morgan was working in the morgue at Waterbury Hospital. Ryan was working security. Part of Morgan’s job at the hospital was to move deceased patients to the morgue. One day, Ryan was there and offered her a hand.

“So, I met my wife at the morgue when she was bringing a body down and I was opening up the freezer for her,” Ryan said.

“He was kind and he was like, let me help you,” Morgan said.”I can help you.”

“We started talking and kind of hit it off,” Ryan said.

“I could tell immediately how seet and tender he was,” Morgan said.

“And I asked her out on a date,” Ryan said.

That meeting at the morgue ended up being life changing because nine months later, Ryan proposed during a trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

“It was pretty romantic,” Ryan said.

“We built a really cool life,” Morgan said.

Today, Morgan is a registered nurse at Waterbury Hospital and no longer works in the morgue. Ryan now works in the hospital as the Emergency Manager and EMS Liaison. Outside of the hospital, he’s also the Fire Chief in Northfield, CT.

But, it was that meeting at the morgue that set his heart afire and the strange love story has left workers at the hospital cheering them on this Valentine’s Day. Ryab and Morgan have been married for over a year.

“Love finds its way anywhere,” said Elizabeth McDonnell, manager of the hospital gift shop. “It’s wonderful.”

“I’ve talked to a lot of couples about how they met and it’s probably the first and last time I’ll ever hear about a couple that met in the morgue,” said Pastor Paul Hibbard, one of the Waterbury Hospital Chaplains.

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