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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing

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"After too many years of unfulfilling work, Bronnie Ware began searching for a job with heart. Despite having no formal qualifications or experience, she found herself in palliative care.

Over the years she spent tending to the needs of those who were dying, Bronnie’s life was transformed. Later, she wrote an Internet blog about the most common regrets expressed to her by
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Abeer Alamri
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
الكتاب رهيب وجا بوقت كنت محتاجه اقراه .. المؤلفة كانت تشتغل بمجال ماتحبه "البنك" بالرغم من انها كانت مرتاحه ماديا إلا انها ماكانت سعيده، تركت البنك وجلست تدور عن عمل تحبه الين ماتوصلت لعمل "الرعاية التلطيفية للمرضى " .. كانت عايشه مع كبار السن .. تسمع منهم .. تطبطب عليهم .. استفادت من خبرتهم بالحياه.. سمعت ندمهم وهم على فراش الموت .. بعضهم تمنى لو عبر لاولاده عن حبه وماكتم مشاعره .. وبعضهم تمنى لو انه ماضيع حياته بالجد والشغل وما استمتع مع اهله .. وبعضهم كانت مبهوره من طريقة سعادتهم وكيف كانو را ...more
Mar 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
I bought this book due to the positive publicity which the writer received on her article the top five regrets of the dying. I expected some open and honest accounts from people who faced death and encountered their regrets about the life they had led and their fears about the future. What I didn't expect to find was a long diatribe about the author, her belief systems and what led to her writing the book in the first place. A paragraph should have been sufficient. Sadly it was so interminably d ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I'm dying, one of my top five regrets may well be having read this book. It was like reading a dull person's diary, complete with the bad spelling and grammar you'd expect from such an offering.
This book contained mainly self-indulgent drivel, briefly punctuated by five points of wisdom gleaned from the writer's dying clients while she worked as a palliative carer. Instead of an enriching insight into their experiences and what we could learn from them to use our own remaining time more eff
Debbie Young
Mar 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone struggling with work-life balance - so that'll be most of us, then!
I bought this book (Kindle Version)having read brief but rave reviews about it on Facebook and it wasn't quite what I'd expected (the perils of buying on Kindle rather than flicking through a printed book in a shop!) - there was much more about her own life than about those she had nursed - but even so I found it absorbing and compelling. Ware breaks the last taboo by talking so much about death, recounting her personal experiences of providing palliative care and witnessing many people's final ...more
Amy Moritz
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very interesting book. This book was recommended to me by a friend and I just jumped in without knowing much more than the title. I wasn't expecting so much memoir/autobiography from the author. At times it was wonderful and at times I felt as if it interrupted the story. But overall an incredibly beautiful reminder and message. Two regrets struck me most. One was from people who wished they had the courage to be themselves, to be true to themselves. This is a theme which comes around in my li ...more
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لم اختر ان اقرأ هذا الكتاب، لكنه هو اختارني!
سمعت عنه وبعد بضعةايام اكتشفت وجوده في مكتبة امي. لكني لم اكن مستعدة لقراءته خصوصا ان والدي يمر بظروف صحية هذه الفترة.
وفي احد ايام مرافقتي لوالدي في المستشفى، كنت قدانهيت قراءة كتاب كان معي، وبدات ابحث في دولاب الغرفة عن كتاب اخر، لاكتشف وجود هذا الكتاب هناك! حينها علمت انه حان وقت قرائتي للكتاب!
الكتاب بدأ باسلوب الكاتبة العفوي والذي يحكي حكايتهامع موضوع الكتاب وكيف وصلت لهذه الدروس الخمسة. تحكي قصتها وقصة الاشخاص الذين اكتشفوا هذه الدروس في نهاية حيا
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: advice-for-life
Very easy to read, inspirational and challenging, makes you question whether you are living the life you want to be living.
Anna Lundberg
Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Hmm. Honestly I had to force myself to finish this book. I'm afraid that it's long and poorly written, all tell and no show, and very repetitive. The author has clearly led a very a troubled life, from drug problems in her youth to depression and several suicide attempts (or at least plans). I'm happy for her that she seems finally to have found her own form of peace and happiness, and in a way I think the book is a kind of therapy for her. She has also had rare insight into the regrets of the d ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book has changed my life. Bronnie Ware is an amazing woman with an incredible story to tell. There's no one who wouldn't learn a lot from reading this fantastic memoir. Go and buy it.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: disappointment
eigentliche Wertung: 1,5 Sterne!

In diesen 349 Seiten erzählt die Australierin Bronnie Ware über das Leben und berichtet über ihre Erfahrungen mit Sterbenden und über das, was Sterbende am meisten bereuen. Dennoch: viel zu viel Leben und viel zu wenige Einsichten der Sterbenden. Das Leben der Bronnie Ware, das wäre ein guter Titel für dieses Buch gewesen, nicht aber 5 Dinge, die Sterbende am meisten bereuen.

Lange habe ich mich davor gedrückt, diese Rezension zu schreiben. Es ist schon ein paar Mo
Oct 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I went to my first funeral last week. Now, some of you may be surprised to know as a whole, I'm a pretty morbid person. Being interested in philosophy and constantly being on the edge of a personality and existential crisis does that. So I was curious about this book and knew I wanted to read it.

How do I begin? I have so much to say.

First of all, this book felt pale. That's my best adjective. I see death as a natural part of life. I don't think we need to be sad about it. I think we need to ta
Husain Ismaeel
هذه يوميات ومذكرات للكاتبة عن تجربتها في العناية بالمرضى الذين ينتظرون الموت في منازلهم مع اختلاف اعمارهم ولكن ما يجمعهم هو يسر الحال وقد استخلصت من تجربتها عدة ملاحظات اختصرتتا في العناوين الخمسة لما يمكن أن يندم عليها الإنسان قبل الموت وبرأيي أن عنوان الكتب ملفت جدا وجدا وكذلك العناوين الخمسة مهمة وفي غاية الأهمية وما عدا ذلك فهو حشو في حشو تفاصيل مملة ليومياتها وبرأيي أن الكاتبة لم تجد صياغة هذه المذكرات بطريقة ملفتة للنظر كما هو العنوان
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Depression is an illness that can be the most catalytic gift for positive transformation, if one is allowed to move through it at their own pace. Depression is the name given to it in modern society. But it is in fact, an opportunity and enormous time for spiritual transformation and awakening. It may be a breakdown. But it can also be a break-through, if approached with determination, the willingness to surrender, and faith. Of course, this doesn’t actually make it fun"

"Overcoming the mind a
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
If I could describe this book in one word, it would be underwhelming. It took a lot for me to finish this book, only because the writing was a bit lackluster. I am generally drawn to books like this that offers advice on how I can better live my life but I just could not get into the writing.

I felt the book could have been at least 100 pages shorter, a lot of the book is repetitive and a bit forced. I wanted to hear more from the dying persons and how they put their advice into practice before t
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
I had been looking forward so much to reading this book, as it's been (and still makes for) an interesting topic. Alas, it is definitely NOT written professionally and focuses way too much on the author's musings instead of the wisdom of the dying. In my view, the low point is reached when a depressive episode of the author is dealt with in a way that suggests Mrs Ware is proud of having toughed out her depression, leaving it to providence that her potential suicide has been averted.
In the light
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
The writing is not great, and the stories of the people Bronnie cared for are interspersed with stories about her own personal experiences, which is where her writing style got too flowery. However, the stories of the people are told simply and are incredibly effective. While the "top 5 regrets" are not all that surprising, the stories give them meaning. A great perspective, I highly recommend it even if the writing isn't spectacular because the message gets through and it's worth getting throug ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مقالة طورتها الممرضة الاسترالية إلى كتاب لخصت فيه استجابات المرضى حول سؤال واحد
وجاءت الأشياء الخمسة مهمة ومنطقية لمن داهمه الموت
منها مثلا
( I wish I didn't work so hard.
اتمنى لو انني لم اعمل بجهد كبير
Diezgan ilgi grāmatlauktā turēta grāmata, ko reiz nopirku, jo patika pienenes uz vāka, bet nelasīju, jo negribējās lasīt par paliatīvo aprūpi. No vienas puses - tā bija jauka, aizkustinoša grāmata, kurā autore dalās ar savu pieredzi un gūtajām atziņām. Jā, šīs piecas atziņas ir vērtīgas. No otras puses - autore tomēr nav profesionāla psiholoģe vai kaut vai medmāsa, pēc traumatiskas jaunības viņa vienkārši meklē savu ceļu dzīvē, kas īstenībā ir diezgan tradicionāls - meditācijas, vegānisms, atbrī ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was about to throw this book out of window
You know what thus book is? An autobiography and what's even worse author is keeping it a secret (she is not succeed tho) through all reading she keeps prasing herself while adding little stories of dying people she nursed.
"I do meditation, I'm a vegetarian I decided and did everything all my own I'm so brave."
But you know what she is so so selfish, she didn't think about the people she left behind when she decided to "live freely" and wow she is so o
Wilde Sky
This book reflects the thoughts of people who are close to death – in terms of things that wish they had or hadn’t done.

Some of the points made in this book struck home, but a lot of it was too woolly / long winded for me – for me it would probably have worked better as a magazine article (10 pages).
Jesoos Mrtnuz
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. It really puts everything into perspective!
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a gift, Bronnie Ware has shared with the world! Through her work and journey of self-discovery, she has offered us both insight and grace. As Bronnie began her work in palliative care, she quickly realized that not only was she able to offer her healing gift to others, but received so much in return. She states, "We will all die, but this work was reminding me we all have a choice, too, on how to live in the meantime."

Through Bronnie's own life journey, she experienced both pain and joy...t
Pamela Morgan
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it

Enjoyed this, lots of food for thought but rather self indulgent at times. The author has had an unconventional life which I found interesting and her experiences with her clients fascinating but sometimes their words sound like her own- I was left wondering how much was actually accurate and how much edited to enable her to confer her own philosophy of what matters in life. Worth reading just to get you thinking.
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book was incredibly moving and heartfelt and the stories were told with such care that I felt like I was experiencing it too. There were many tears shed over some of the stories and the author shares so deeply that it is hard not to relate on many levels. She describes many of her clients with such love and kindness it is very easy to love this author and who she is as a person.
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
I had heard great reviews of this book and it had so much potential to be a great book however there was much more about her own life than about those she had nursed. Having said that it did remind me of a few lessons that I have learnt along the way.
Jemma (Aussie BookWorm)
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An utterly astounding & life-changing book! Full review PLUS Q&A with author Bronnie Ware:
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Reading this book is a heart warming wonderful experience... I read this book with tears, laughters and insights.
James Mason
Jul 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sanctimonious. It took some google/dictionary searching to figure out that one word that described how I felt about the text in this book. My dissatisfaction with this book is partly (mostly?) my fault: I didn't read the full description that said that this book is largely about the author and not about what the title suggests. In fact, I think a more appropriate title would be something like "Me, me, me: The musings of a self-proclaimed spiritual being who happened to spend some time caring for ...more
Klai Khouloud
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Seeing how long it took me to finish this book (13 months) is unbelievable but then again remembering how I actually got hold of it is even more shocking.
This book chose me I had no idea it ever existed or even there was a writer with the name of Bonnie Ware but I've got this friend who kept on going about it and frankly I never cared I like the title just not enough to Google it I guess few months later her brother who lives in Germany got it for her (coz there was noway we can have it in our c
Apr 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ware gives some interesting insights into how to live a meaningful life, even though unfortunately most of them seem to be in the last two chapters of the book.

It took me so long to read this book mostly because I couldn't bring myself to deal with the bad drafting, long discussions on her personal life and unnecessary added words (I have never read the word "though"so much in my life). However, I persevered to the last page, and I have to say that the last two chapters are what would bring thi
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Bronnie Ware is an author, songwriting teacher, and speaker from Australia. Her inspiring memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, has connected with hearts all over the world, with translations in 27 languages. Bronnie lives in rural Australia and loves balance, simple living, and waking up to the songs of birds.
“There is a fine line between compassion and a victim mentality. Compassion though is a healing force and comes from a place of kindness towards yourself. Playing the victim is a toxic waste of time that not only repels other people, but also robs the victim of ever knowing true happiness.” 39 likes
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