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24 Regrets of People Who Are Dying


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What do people regret when they are dying? I asked hospice nurses. Here are the regrets people have when they are dying.


• I wish I’d had the courage to just be myself.

• I wish I had spent more time with the people I love.

• I wish I had made spirituality more of a priority.

• I wish I hadn’t spent so much time working.

• I wish I had discovered my purpose earlier.

• I wish I had learned to express my feelings more.

• I wish I hadn’t spent so much time worrying about things that never happened.

• I wish I had taken more risks.

• I wish I had cared less about what other people thought.

• I wish I had realized earlier that happiness is a choice.

• I wish I had loved more.

• I wish I had taken better care of myself.

• I wish I had been a better spouse.

• I wish I had paid less attention to other people’s expectations.

• I wish I had quit my job and found something I really enjoyed doing.

• I wish I had stayed in touch with old friends.

• I wish I had spoken my mind more.

• I wish I hadn’t spent so much time chasing the wrong things.

• I wish I’d had more children.

• I wish I had touched more lives.

• I wish I had thought about life’s big question earlier.

• I wish I had traveled more.

• I wish I had lived more in the moment.

• I wish I had pursued more of my dreams.


These are the regrets of people who were out of time. Some people think it’s morbid to think about death. I disagree. It’s healthy to think about death. It puts things in perspective and reminds us what really matters. The inevitability of death should inspire us to get busy living.

Matthew Kelly

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