The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing

by Bronnie Ware
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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing by Bronnie Ware

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848509993
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Publication date: 03/28/2012

About the Author

Through her work Bronnie Ware weaves delightful tales of real life observations and experience. Using gentleness, honesty and humour, Bronnie celebrates both the strength and vulnerability of human nature. Her message is a positive and inspiring one.

As well as performing her own songs, Bronnie runs an online personal growth and songwriting course, writes a well-loved blog called Inspiration and Chai, including articles that have been translated into several languages, and is the author of the full-length memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very thought provoking. It makes you more aware of how important it is to live in the moment.
AlecJ More than 1 year ago
Death is a beautiful thing and author Bonnie Ware exposes the inspiration and magnificence that the final stages of live has to offer. As a free-spirited woman, leaving a world of stress and conformity to a lifestyle of spontaneity and passion sums up Ware’s journey through various occupations and routines. She develops a passion for people and spirituality through the job as a live in nurse that cares for the terminally ill. Ware discusses how her life was changed forever in The Top Five Regrets of the Dying by the experiences and lessons learned from the regrets people had after a lifetime of opportunities and mistakes. The author does a fantastic job at complying together impactful stories that reveal the genuine reasons what people regret most in life. As graduating seniors are about to enter the world of risk and independence the lessons and advice that this book has to offer are by far the most beneficial thing that the young and naive could consider. The experiences of the subjects in Ware’s stories can augment the awareness of how short our lives truly are; especially when the college bound students make their best attempt to escape from their old life as fast as possible. The books most important theme is what matters to people most, finding happiness. Through finding happiness people should make sure that what they do with their life and whom they share it with is what makes them enjoy life entirely. This is an important message because through the difficult distractions in life people often lose sight of what drives them and settle for less than what they actually want. She does an excellent job in showing that people don’t actually care about making more money and becoming more powerful, but rather staying connected with people and being true to themselves and their desires as humans in a community. However, through the author’s motivational anecdotes she really divulges into her own personal journey of self-discovery and purpose. I believe that she talks about her own regrets too much. The author brings in her own mistakes and discusses how she views life, which takes away from the main focus of the book of how we can learn from the passing generation. Her personal interjections at multiple points made the book boring and lose its effect. However, she was a main part in the final days of the elderly patients that explains why she included so much personal information. Looking past this minor set back, the book offers so much advice for readers just starting out in life and will help them start a life that will not include anything regretful. This book should defiantly be read for the Top Five Regrets and the analysis that follows them, but future readers can skim past the author’s personal issues. 
ireland58 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Definately gave me a lot to think about!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book and thank Bronnie Ware for sharing her inspirational experiences and wisdom. I love a story that leaves me feeling good afterwards. It is truly a heartwarming journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lol, I want a Band Tee from the band 'But<_>thole Surfers'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a read about palliative care. Bonnie Ware has has given some good insight into some of the regrets of the dying.
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mbinterra More than 1 year ago
Reading this book has changed the way I look at people and relationships. It help you understand what is truly important in life and how to avoid the most common of life's regrets
CLH58 More than 1 year ago
For having both my parents die within three months of each other. I related to things in this book. Know going through this with in-laws helps me understand more about life and how we do take things for granted. A wonderful and touching book.
starr3d More than 1 year ago
Beautiful stories to remind one on what is important and how to live in the now with personal faith. My current challenge is to live presently without projecting fear-based and worst-case scenarios and the book's author's story on living in the moment was highly inspiring! Thank you Bronnie for sharing!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it one of the most amazing books i have read BEAUITFULLY SAID !!!!!