The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

A lit­tle food for thought. The Guardian talked with a pal­lia­tive nurse who has record­ed the most com­mon regrets of the dying. It’s worth giv­ing the top five regrets a read, espe­cial­ly if you’re at risk of end­ing up in the same pen­i­tent place. Here, the nurse lists the mis­giv­ing most com­mon­ly cit­ed by men: “I wish I had­n’t worked 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.

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