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Avoid the Top 5 Regrets of the Dying – Bronnie will show you how

By on August 30, 2014
The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

Do yourself a favour and learn How to avoid the Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

Australian palliative nurse Bronnie Ware has had a viral reaction on the internet from her article explaining Top 5 Regrets of the Dying.

Bronnie Ware

Bronnie Ware

Millions of people downloaded the list, and bought her book. You can too


Below are shortened versions of her list of the 5 regrets.

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it….

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret.. By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle….

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result….

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Everyone misses their friends when they are dying. It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships….

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice.
People are now realising they do not want to die with these regrets and so are more likely to now start to plan their lives to avoid these regrets. But this requires facing death and doing things differently. It does require you to be prepared to spend quality time on this in the same way you would anything else that you felt deserved good planning. Such as, organising your child’s education, giving birth, studying for a qualification, organising a wedding, starting a business, organising a holiday, finding a lifetime partner etc….

At THE END OF LIFE MATTERS we intend that you will be able to find out about, and link up to, everything you will need for dealing with end of life. It will become a valuable directory to be able to come back to whenever you need, and please do make sure to follow Bronnie’s great work, and commit to yourself that you will never experience any of the Top Five Regrets and the end of your life.

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