After many years of feeling unfulfilled in her work, Bronnie Ware began looking for a job with heart and ended up in palliative care. ?After years of tending to the needs of the dying she started a blog about the most common regrets patients reported. ?There was such an overwhelming response to it (over 3 million people read her blog in the first year) that she published her findings in a book. ?The book was not written to dwell on regrets, but to make peace with the past and consider new choices moving forward.
1. ?I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. ?I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
3. ?I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
4. ?I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. ?I wish that I had let myself be happier.
The Top Five Regrets of the Dying is about hope for a better life through the choices we make now. ?As hospice specialists we are all about quality of life, which we are hopefully applying in our own lives. ?I can’t think of better teachers and reminders than the patients we serve.