By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
The Top Five Regrets of the Dying
By Bronnie Ware (Hay House, $17.95, softcover, 248 pages)
Not many of us think of our own mortality—until calamity comes knocking at the door. Death touches all of us and that’s why the insight gained through this book is an eloquent reminder of the tenuous hold we have on life.
Following many years of unrewarding work, Bronnie Ware searched for a job with meaning and despite not having any experience or formal qualifications found herself working in palliative care. Her life was transformed during the time she spent tending to the needs of those who were dying.
She imparts an insight that many of us aren’t fortunate enough to experience until it’s too late. Hers is A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing.
Bronnie gained a world-wide following after her Internet blog post spoke about the most common regrets that people had expressed to her. One in five shared these common regrets: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself; I wish I hadn’t worked so hard; I wish I’d been brave enough to express my feelings; I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friends; and I wish I’d let myself be happier.
The implications of the compunction are simply expressed—along with explanations of how these issues can be addressed positively—while there’s still time.
By applying the lessons of those nearing their death to her own life, Bronnie has developed an understanding that if people make conscious choices, it is possible for everyone to die with peace of mind.
The writer, singer/songwriter sensitively approaches a subject that doesn’t sit very comfortably with a lot of people.
The Top Five Regrets of the Dying will inspire and give you food for thought to consider the importance of “Smile and know. Just smile and know.”
Edition 314, 22 May 2012
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