Life Regrets From Dying Hospital Patients

Sophia Brener

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Based on the encounters of an Australian nurse by the name of Bronnie Ware, she has come up with the top regrets that dying hospital patients have. She has had experience for over a decade advising terminally ill patients. One of the main regrets that she concluded after 12 years was “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” She then shared her feedback on how she concluded to make sure you do not end up feeling the same way at the end of our lives. It mainly involved being able to have a clear purpose driving you forward instead of defaulting to what other people approve of. Author of Atomic Habits, James clear once said, “The grey areas in life usually arise when we haven’t decided what we believe in.”

Another sad regret that most of the male patients that bronnie ware had met with said: “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.” The expressed their feelings of sorrow over not spending enough time or giving enough attention to the ones they loved. Most of the women who also had this claim were from an older generation. They ultimately announced that spending their lives working is not paramount to the memories shared with family. One of the other regrets that patients had were, that they wished they had the courage to express their feelings. This was mainly because there was pressure to suppress one’s feeling in order to keep the peace. Peer pressure can lead to someone never embracing who they want to be and how they are seen. There are many regrets one can have at the end of their days but all we can do as humans is use other peoples mistakes and challenges to learn how to live life to the fullest.


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