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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing Paperback – March 20, 2012
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About the Author
As well as performing her own songs, Bronnie runs an online personal growth and songwriting course, writes a well-loved blog called Inspiration and Chai, including articles that have been translated into several languages, and is the author of the full-length memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing. www.bronnieware.com
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Top Customer Reviews
The author's stories about herself are interesting. She obviously has lead a very free and interesting life, but constantly hearing about it loses it's appeal after a while. I was hoping to gain insight and wisdom from the people who were seeing life from their last days. I did get a portion of that, but not nearly as much as I had hoped. Strangely, a lot of the words of wisdom came from the author, which is fine I suppose, but that's not quite what I bought the book for.
Also, the end of the book got really self indulgent in my opinion. I was really feeling like giving the book 4 stars until I neared the end. There's a small portion in those last chapters that summarize her days and lessons learned with her patients, but the last 20% or so of the book is very long winded story telling of her own trials and tribulations through depression and her days as a songwriting instructor at a women's prison. I just didn't get what the point of all that content was. It didn't seem to tie in with the theme of the book at all.Read more ›
The topic of `the regrets of the dying' resonated as I had worked in the early 1980s with physicians at Comprehensive Cancer Centers on new medical devices to assist in the treatment of cancer. As part of my work, I met and talked with many people who were facing certain death - children, young adults, adults, and elderly. It was a profound and transformative experience, one which I refer to often, particularly when counseling others on life. There is no better way to learn about life and how to live than to spend time with those who are dying. Ware captures these lessons and more in her "The Top Five Regrets of the Dying."
In a conversation prior to reading the book, Bronnie warned me that I might find the book disappointing as it was more about her life journey so I approached the book with some caution. She was wrong, "The Top Five Regrets" far exceeded my expectation and, yes, it included the story of her own journey - a story rooted in a failed relationship, restlessness, beauty, human dignity, love of the other, self-discovery, and eventually personal redemption as she "truly cared" for those who were dying; a story that added fabric to her learnings, learnings that healed and transformed her as she surrendered to the truths of life. This is a book I will savor for years to come.Read more ›
But not to be too negative, it was certainly an interesting reading for me, I enjoyed it and it again reminded me some of the basics, which you need to turn into day in day out to stay on a reasonable path, so that at the end of your life you just do not regret that your time on earth was wasted on unimportant things. Sharing of that aspect is certainly something the author did very well.
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Great insight on our mistakes, which wastes our lives without us really recognizing. I highly recommend this book to anyone, not just reading and putting away, but really... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
If only she would have stuck with the plight and insight of those in her charge. Instead we get her major depression and how it has been apparently resolved using psychobabble,... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Michael England
She could have skipped the two or three last chapters with an excessive philosophy about her views on life, which are better described over the rest of the marvellous book and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luiz Prado
This book was simply written and easy to read. The last chapter got a little out there and preachy. She basically says that anything less than utter gratitude and complete... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pinky
An important read for those dealing with end of life issues.......which is all of us.Published 1 month ago by melvin h west
Very good read. I learned so much about the care of those dying.Published 1 month ago by KL Raymond
I loved all the stories and found myself tearing up many times. I highlighted a lot of sections. The last chapters were a bit boring, but I appreciated her sharing her experiences... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Yemsrach
The book was okay but I thought a little outdated. It might have been me, but I expected more deep emotional situations that moved your heart.Published 2 months ago by CarolinaBlue01