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Summary

A courageous, life-changing memoir that teaches us to apply the lessons learned by those nearing their death to our own life.

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

During the time she spent tending to the needs of those who were dying, Bronnie's life was transformed. Later, she wrote an Internet blog post about the most common regrets that the people she had cared for had expressed to her. The post, also called 'The Top Five Regrets of the Dying', gained so much momentum that it was viewed by more than three million people worldwide in its first year. At the request of many, Bronnie now shares her personal story.

Bronnie has had a colourful and diverse life. By applying the lessons of those nearing their death to her own life, she developed an understanding that it is possible for everyone, if they make conscious choices, to die with peace of mind. In this heartfelt retelling, Bronnie expresses the significance of these regrets. She explains how we can address these issues positively now, while we still have the time.

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing gives hope for a better world. Bronnie's delightful memoir is a courageous, life-changing book that will leave you feeling more compassionate and inspired to live the life you are truly here to live.

©2012 Bronnie Ware (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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Get this book in your life before it is too late!

What an emotional rollercoaster. I think Bronnie has done her "patients" proud, she has passed on what they wanted the world to know and what a great messenger she is! The messages are so strong in this book, the supporting stories increase the impact of the words greatly. Bronnie seems like a completely enlightened person, certainly a spirit making the most if her human experience, which I think adds even more impact to the words.
I think this book would be of great value to everyone. We could all learn a lot from Bronnie and a lot from those that have died...

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Touched me to the core!

This book is full of wisdom! I cannot share it with enough people. Thank you so much Bronnie! You are such an inspiration. You have taught me lessons that is going to help me focus on my goals and priorities. I shall from now honour my needs and live a life that is true to myself. I pray that you are always preserved in your gentleness and beauty and continue to be a glowing light bulb for all those around you!

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  • 13-03-21

Super inspiring book

I felt it was a heartwarming and uplifting book. It’s not a fact based ‘do this, do that’ book, but weaves the author’s life story together with the things she learnt. I felt motivated to change things in my life.
However, if you are not open to someone sharing their alternative lifestyle, this book might not be for you. Despite the many experiences of death, I feel it is an uplifting book. It left me grateful knowing, what people regret. And realising I still have the time to change things. A highly inspiring read!

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I recommend that everyone reads this

This will help everyones journey in life. People with little life experience can learn lessons. People that have lived through death and problems will find comfort and familiarity, and learn some lessons too. I did feel a loss of pace in places. Still on my must read list.

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Brilliant

This is a great book everyone should read or listen.

It talks very honestly about the experience of Bronnie working with dying people, her lessons learned and her own transformation in the process of taking care of dying people.

Reading this books let’s you learn from the regrets of others and gives clarity on how to live your life so that regret does not come to you when your time comes by.

Highly recommended

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Unsurprising regrets but important to hear

None of the five lessons are surprising. However this book is still a compelling read and will hopefully make you rethink your own life and whether you are living it to the fullest - whether you will have any regrets when your time comes. And Bronnie's tale makes you realise that your time will indeed come - and sooner than you think, which is very sobering. Yes you can just look up the five regrets and think about them, but reading this book provides background and evidence for them, making them much more real and urgent. Although Bronnie has a tendency to fall into ungrounded soliloquies which come across as a bit of mumbo-jumbo, it is also fascinating and humbling to hear about her life as a palliative carer with stories about death which most of us never directly experience in our daily lives.

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I loved this audio book - a journey

A lovely story of the journey a caring and kind soul took to make others comfortable in their final days - but what they shared is what will put your life in to context. Material things are pointless, what others think is a wase of energy. Will listen to this book again I am sure.

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Makes you think about the important suff

May not be for everyones writting style or philosophy but should inspire all who dig in and hear the messages.

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beautiful book

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The author has such a soothing and pleasant voice to listen to. The themes are common sense, we are all aware that what we have in the physical world can't be taken with us when we pass, we know we shouldn't get too caught up in other people's thoughts. But to hear this being told in the way Bronnie does, really makes it hit home. I loved everything about it

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More autobiographical than I realised

A lot of this book is centered around the author's own life lessons too. Not bad book but you can tell this started off as an article as it could've been a lot shorter and said the same things. The narrator's voice sometimes almost put me to sleep.

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  • Austin
  • 28-10-17

Ok book

Ok book - more of an autobiography of the author with a lot of irrelevant information and stories. I was thinking it was more of a dive into the top five regrets of the dying, which seemed to be only a small part of the book.

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  • Morten
  • 14-10-18

Just google a summary instead

Dont buy this book if you just want to know the top five regrets of the dying!

The author uses much of the the book to describe her own life experiences at tedious length mixed with her own pocket philosophy and new age bla bla. This is not what I expected. I want my money back.

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  • Robert
  • 08-08-19

Yeah but what about those five regrets again?

Reads too much like an autobiography of the author versus being focused on the individuals dying with wisdom to share.

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  • Doug Sheridan
  • 10-07-18

More About Her Life Than the Dying

The book's title is a bit deceptive. It's really about her journey as a caretaker in the persons she ran across. While her sample size is larger than most people would have, it's far from a scientific study. Nonetheless the points are well-made, and it's hard to argue with some of her conclusions.

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  • Ontherock
  • 27-06-18

Disappointing

Base on the title, I was anxious to read this book, especially since a close family member has terminal cancer. But I bailed out a few chapters into it. The author rambles from her solo travels, to her diet, to her relationship with her mother, etc. I would have preferred that she just get to the point. Could have been a concise, easy, impactful read. Unfortunately, that is not what it is.

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  • Gerald Sioco
  • 28-06-19

The book was just too long!

This book is more of a memoir than a deep study on the top five regrets of the dying. I expected to be inspired but I ended up listening to stories non-stop. Can’t finish the book. Had to return it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-11-19

Had a hard time understanding the narrator

I couldn’t really understand some words. There needs to be a better narrator with not too much of an Australian accent.

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  • douglas
  • 26-01-21

Deceptive Title - Don't waste your time

This is basically 90% a memoir of the author (which is basically totally boring and meandering), 5% random stories of people dying, and 5% (at best) of "regrets of the dying". Could not finish this mind numbing trash. The author should be ashamed for essentially ripping people off, because the title is totally deceptive.

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  • James C.
  • 24-12-19

mehh

struggled to finish this. Do yourself a favor, go to the bookstore, pick it up, read the chapter titles and be done with it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-18

Self-Indulgent

This book is less about the regrets of the dying and more about Bronnie reminding everyone that she is a vegan, meditates, practices yoga, is a songwriter, doesn’t drink, and that she prefers a nomadic lifestyle. Every chapter seems to be a masked virtue signal and doesn’t explore any new areas with regard to “living life to the fullest.” That oft used platitude is about as deep as this book goes. Pretty disappointing.

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