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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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This book isn’t about the top five regrets of the dying. It is a memoir wherein the author desperately tries to convince the reader of how self actualized she thinks she is.
I am buying two more for a couple of friends from another country.
We usually share and compare our opinions on different books, but this one is not available on their country.
So - I am buying two and then I will mail them to my friends.
I will also most definitely recommend it to my other friends in the US.
This is not a book to be saved as an "audiobook". This book is one of those I most pass along to my child (he is only 8 y/o now). And I will read a couple more times before I do that.
In the recent years, I have come more in touch with spirituality and this book is full of spiritual knowledge and spiritual understanding. I totally identified myself with the author and the fact that she remembered so many little details about her clients - beautiful!
Almost on every page, the author reminded me of the beauty of living a simple life.
We, as humans, tend to forget that the simpler our lives, the less pain and more fulfillment and purpose.
Let's not forget, that only the egoist and the arrogant believe this life belongs to them... It doesn't. To be alive is a gift. To have the honor of walking this planet is a gift. And this book an amazing reminder of that. Unfortunately, most humans realize the gift only on their last days/minutes here.
Thank you Bronnie Ware
and insight. Everyone thought it was one of our best selections.
Ware realized that many of the same regrets came up over and over from those she cared for. They are:
* "I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me."
* "I wish I hadn't worked so hard."
* "I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings."
* "I wish I'd stayed in touch with my friends."
* "I wish I'd let myself be happier."
The elderly that Ware cared for make many recommendations to the reader, including resolving family conflicts to the extent that is possible, taking care of your health so you can live life to the fullest, striking a balance where money and simplicity are concerned, looking at every day as a gift, maintaining a sense of self, and realizing that your life is your own and not someone else's. One affluent woman envied her daughter's having the courage to live the way she wanted to against the opinions of society. Another one of Ware's charges regretted being married to a controlling spouse and not traveling to other regions or countries.
The stories in "Top Five Regrets" are moving and the book is well worth reading. It implores the reader, especially young readers, to realize that what you think you will regret when you are young is not what you will eventually come to regret at some point on the road from 25 and 75 and to order your life so that your regrets are fewer when it comes time to die.
inside look at what really matters when you know your life is ending. Through Bronnie Ware's intimate conversations with her clients she discovers what true regrets they have in the last stages of life. The book is interesting with an abundance of wisdom from Bronnie's clients and Bronnie herself as well as she discovers how to live an empowered life with no regrets from the lessons learned from those so close to departing.. Through this journey Bronnie discovers deep feeling never released that has held her back from living her dreams. Once deep blocks are released, a whole new world opens up to her and she welcomes in her new life with open eyes and an open heart.
I must admit though that the sections where she goes into the details of where she was moving from and why, what people did, what things look like made me look the focus sometimes, I skipped those sections until the parts where she talks about her clients, that's where the message was, at least for me.
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Footnote: I have just completed reading this book. The final chapters were, for me, absolutely amazing and even more interesting/useful than the main sections. Bronnie describes her breakdown and then how she drew upon her learnings to work through this and come out the others side. She says so many things which resonate for me and affirm so many things. I am so pleased that I bought it.
The book is written very simply with no highly philosophical views about death - just observations which you can relate to, having accompanied someone on their last journey. I have recently attended a humanist funeral- full of joyful memories of that person. It was initially disconcerting but it made sense. Of course, family and friends feel great sadness at their loss but can also be helped a lot by a serene acceptance of someone's passing. In many ways, an illness gives you time to consider "the end"- it is not so easy when the circumstances are sudden.
I thought the book gave you an opportunity to look at "dying" in a positive way. I wish I had read it before my husband passed away.
A very positive message. Much to think about in terms of what is ultimately important. Written from a very personal perspective, making it far more emotionally accessible.
I have just bought another copy for a friend as this book is so special.
Bless you Bronnie
Nice reading your perspective of our journey. To me it feels like wow , this girl is reminding Patrick the principles of living as opposed to existance .