Wednesday 1 March 2017

The top five regrets of the dying

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying
Author: Bronnie Ware
ISBN: 978-1-8450-999-3

Hi Everyone,

This book is fantastic!  It is written with such a peaceful spirit that I was left astonished.  The best way to explain what this book contains is to give you the chapter listing and description.  Then you just have to read it.  There are a few Youtube clips that explain a lot of what is in the book, but the book is by far better.  You can read the book at your own pace and put it down when you need some absorption time for thinking.  This book is really a little treasure just like the people were to Bronnie Ware.

Chapter list:


From the tropics to the snow

An unexpected career path

Honesty and surrender

Regret 1:
I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me

Products of our environment


Regret 2:
I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings

No guilt

Gifts in disguise

Regret 4:
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends

True friends

Allow yourself

Regret 5:
I wish I had let myself be happier

Happiness is now

A matter of perspective

Changing times

Darkness and dawn

No regrets

Smile and know


After too many years of unfulfilling work, Bronnie Ware began searching for a job with heart. Despite having no formal qualifications or experience, she found herself working in palliative care. Over the years she spent tending to the needs of those who were dying, Bronnie's life was transformed. Later, she wrote an Internet blog about the most common regrets expressed to her by the people she had cared for. The article, also called "The Top Five Regrets of the Dying", gained so much momentum that it was read by more than three million people around the globe in its first year. At the requests of many, Bronnie now shares her own personal story. Bronnie has had a colourful and diverse past, but by applying the lessons of those nearing their death to her own life, she developed an understanding that it is possible for people, if they make the right choices, to die with peace of mind. In this book, she expresses in a heartfelt retelling how significant these top five regrets are, and how we can positively address these issues while we still have the time. "The Top Five Regrets of the Dying" gives hope for a better world. It is a story told through sharing her inspiring and honest journey, which will leave you feeling kinder towards yourself and others, and more determined to live the life you are truly here to live. This delightful memoir is a courageous, life-changing book.

Bronnie Ware's official website

I hope this captures some part of your heart and you pick up a copy for yourself.  I was left thinking long after reading this.  In fact I am still thinking.  There are many parts of our lives that could do with a little adjustment... no-one gets it all right.  But to hear the top regrets, that are repeated over and over by different people, is interesting.

Happy reading

This was available from: Fishpond, Amazon and Book Depository

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