Palliative care nurse reveals top five regrets

Bronnie Ware, who is also an author and song writer from rural NSW, wrote The Top Five Regrets of Dying – a Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, based on a blog she wrote about patients she cared for in their last 12 weeks of life.

The book details the common themes that emerged with her patients as their lives were ending.

The most common, she wrote, was that people wished they’d had the courage to live the life they wanted to, rather than the one that was expected of them.

“Most people had not honoured even half their dreams… Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it,” Ms Ware said.

The others witnessed by Ms Ware wwere every single male patient wishing he hadn’t worked so hard, having the courage to express feelings, wishing to have stayed in touch with friends and wishing to have been happier.

Ms Ware’s book was launched late last year and has been featured in national