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Living Fully Before Dying

While I cooked all familiar  traditional foods last week, the family celebration was very different and difficult this year.  Of course not having my mother at the table was primary but due to Covid we were only the immediate family. No cousins, no friends joined us this year. Such a different time.  As I continue to be reflective I thought I would share a previously published blog by the Huffington Post titled: “Top 5 Regrets Of The Dyingl which was forwarded to me by my son.   Bronnie Ware,   the author, provides an important message about living without regret. Ms. Ware worked in palliative care and asked her patients if they had any regrets or would have done something differently.  The common themes include:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. The most common regret of all.
  2. I wish I didn’t work so hard. Shared by every male patients she nursed.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Do any of these regrets resonate? I hope to remember these pearls of wisdom- each day- and to try and live a little more fully.  Thank you Daniel for sharing this with me.


About Audrey Miller
About: Audrey Miller, Managing Director of Elder Caring Inc. has over 30 years social work and rehabilitation experience working with older individuals and their families. She advises the financial, insurance, legal and business communities regarding elder care issues. Audrey is a recognized expert in her field. Email:


  1. Ken MacCoy

    September 23, 2020 - 7:25 pm

    Thanks You for sharing. A great reality check for all….epecially # 2 which applies to the majority of us who are self-employed.

  2. Dr. E.C. Adams

    September 25, 2020 - 3:27 pm

    I have no regrets even though I have lived a very busy and stressful life. The REASON I have no regrets is because all the choices and decisions I made were with the information and knowledge I had AT THAT TIME.
    If I could go back in time with the knowledge and experience I now have –I can see I would have made different choices. However –no regrets. No matter what–loss of family, friends, jobs, illness–whatever happens to us– is normal living. It is how we have learned to cope that makes the difference in contented living.

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