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.