Regrets Of The Dying  

Posted by Big Gav

A bit off topic, but I liked this blog post - REGRETS OF THE DYING.

People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learnt never to underestimate someone's capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. ...

2. 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. ...

3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings. ...

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. ...

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier. ...

1 comments

Knowing which choices are beyond our control and which are just illusory are also important skills. I wish I had them!

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