Regrets of the Dying

by Patrick O'Brien

Copyright 2011 © Patrick O’Brien

This is “Mr Adam” — my camera shy friend who allowed me to photograph him shortly before his death. He’d been a tough nut to crack, only agreeing to sit for this shot after I convinced him it was very important for his children and all the generations to follow.

In her book “The Top 5 Regrets of The Dying”, palliative care worker, Bonnie Ware, lists the five most common regrets of the dying when they look back over their life:

(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.

(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.

The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying