Top 5 Dying Regrets, Why I Won’t Have Them and Neither Should You

dying regrets

One of the most important life lessons that we can all learn is to seriously listen to and consider the advice from those who have more experience than we do. When it comes to the end of our life, most of us are going to have some regrets. A nurse, Bronnie Ware, who spent years tending to patients that were living the last weeks of their lives recently came out with a book titled The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing. While not all of these regrets are directly related to finances, they do all have some type of money aspect to them. These are the five most common regrets for people at the end of their life and why I won’t have them (and neither ...

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7 Responses to Top 5 Dying Regrets, Why I Won’t Have Them and Neither Should You

  1. Interesting list. I don’t want to come to the end of my life with many regrets. Relationships with family and friends are the ones I value most and hope I don’t screw up!

  2. R311 says:

    Some of these seem like reasonable regrets, but some seem rather trivial. I would have guessed that not spending enough time doing Gods work on earth would be high on peoples thoughts at the time of their last weeks. If it isn’t, it should be.

  3. trish says:

    Actually, I was expecting to see many religious people figure out and regret how they had wasted so much of their life worrying about God when he doesn’t exist.

  4. R311 says:

    I respect your views, but what if you are wrong? Lying in a horizontal position can lead to a lot of soul searching, hence the point of Mr. Strains article. Best to do the soul searching/fence mending while you still can; whatever that soul searching consists of in your world.

  5. trish says:

    I often get asked about “what if I am wrong?” which is basically Pascal’s Wager. My response is the Atheist’s Wager:

    “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

    Unfortunately, there are 1000s of gods all competing with one another as to which one is correct. What if the one you have chosen is wrong? ;)

  6. Minny says:

    I absolutely agree Trish. I see nothing in this list that is not compatible with leading a decent life.

    Maybe some people may think about the damage they have done in this world by doing what they interpret as the Christian God’s work on this earth. Perhaps they should think abut that before they get to the end!

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