Nobody wants to wind up at the end of the trail with a list of regrets. Bronnie Ware's career had her caring for patients in the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

Bronnie found common themes of regret in these people lives surfaced again and again, so she wrote them out to share this wisdom with the world.

Number Two on the Regret List:  I wish I didn’t work so hard.

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.


Number Three on the Regret List: I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.


You can find the entire list on Bronnie's website by clicking here.

Based around list, Bronnie has released a full length book titled The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing .