09 January, 2014

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing by Bronnie Ware [Gerard, East Coast Bays Library]

If you knew you had only a few days or a few weeks to live, what would be your greatest regret? The author, as a palliative care nurse, spent many years looking after people who were dying, hearing their life stories and the regrets they had. From this she found certain recurring themes of what people regretted when dying. This led her to initially write an article called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, and then, through public interest in this article, writing this same named book. In so doing she shares the stories of the people she cared for and the story of her own life, and how what she learned from those she nursed helped her.

This is a book I would highly recommend. Although, in saying this, I would acknowledge this is not a book for everyone, being as much a memoir as about the top five regrets of the dying. But to me the stories of the people she cared for and the author’s life helped make the whole subject become alive. It is a book that helps give a new perspective on (or at least reinforces) what is truly important in life, and helps give an insight into how we can make the best of our lives right now.

On a concluding note I should also mention that my first awareness of this book was an article I came across (The top five regrets of the dying), and so I am including a link to this same article to help give you a flavour of what the book is all about.

Author: Bronnie Ware
ISBN: 9781401940652 
Published: 2012
Publisher: Carlsbad, Calif.; Alexandria, N.S.W. : Hay House 

- Gerard, East Coast Bays Library

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