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Publisher's 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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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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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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Deeply recommended

This book and its stories will talk to the depths of the heart and you will be better because of it. The stories instill the very real, but never talked about aspects of death, that will prepare you for loss in your life and the principles to never live with these regrets

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A great story with so many great lessons!

I love this book! I could not stop listening! Bonnie Ware's story and experiences are true to the heart and true to the soul! To hear the stories of the people living their last days, and the lessons for us to all learn by and for us to live our lives, is invaluable! Not only that, I really appreciate how Bonnie has summarized her life and this book in the last two chapters that leaves the reader with deeper meaning and deeper lessons! Beautifully written and well done!

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Great life insights!

Great life insights you can apply and make acertive decisions. Good stoy telling from the author.

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Great way to see what’s really important in life.

This book is a great way to see what is really important in life. By giving different examples and stories the author make you think about how you are living your life. Highly recommend this book.

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I enjoyed Bronnie!


Her compassionate journey really resonated with me. She came you something to think about that had sticking power.

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soulful voice

loved it till the end. amazing experiences description perfectly. a great inspiration. learnt a lot

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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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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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  • Pavel Urubcik
  • 09-20-18

Disappointing, haven't learned anything

I expected I would learn something about life from this book given its rating. Something in the lines of crucial but not so self evident life lessons that one might find otherwise only at the end of it all.
What I got was uninteresting life story of a person working with dying people. Lessons I got were basic principles of living life as a human. Striving for happiness by means of personal responsibility, honesty and understanding of the world around us. All that while suggesting there's a dichotomy between work or money and happiness. Everyone needs to find their own balance.

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  • Mr Clarke
  • 11-23-17

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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  • k waldron
  • 11-09-17

Boring

I honestly bought this book thinking it was going to be filled with wisdom from the dying
It was unbelievably boring and just about her life which was boring I only got to chapter 12 and stopped it.

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  • michell1200
  • 10-20-17

Life changing

Amazing book and will change you and your thinking great story and will listen again

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  • Melanie Grigg
  • 07-24-18

wow

What a beautifully written book!!! What more can I say? Being a nurse and midwife myself she writes so eloquently from the perspective of those taking someone through such a beautiful and challenging time. Wow

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  • Betty
  • 02-01-18

inspiring stories

If you could sum up The Top Five Regrets of the Dying in three words, what would they be?

I loved listening to Bronnie's stories , they all tied in well with the title and exemplified well the points she was putting a cross

Any additional comments?

The book was certainly thought provoking. A small critisism was that I found her voice not the easiest to listen too

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  • james
  • 12-04-17

OMG what an amazing insight

All I can say is wow.
This book blew me away.
What a concept, to take the lessons of the dieing and apply them to the living.
An inspiring auther.