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I NEVER GOT A CHANCE to talk to my dad when he was in hospice care, so I really don't know the regrets he had before he passed away nearly 10 years ago. But I have read what hospice nurses have said about their time caring for people in need.

Bronnie Ware worked in palliative care and eventually wrote both a blog post and and the Top Five Regrets of the Dying. I'm one of the first three million people to have read her blog post. She shared the top five regrets people have in their dying days:

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.


Bronnie Ware -- "Top Five Regrets of the Dying" on Inspiration and Chai, March 2010.

Bronnie Ware -- The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing ISBN 978-1452502342.

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