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Top 5 Regrets of the Dying

A 2012 article in Britain's Guardian newspaper contains a list of the top 5 regrets of dying people, as assembled by a palliative care nurse. They are:

1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard. (This one was mentioned by every male patient.)
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. ("Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice.")

Susie Steiner, "Top five regrets of the dying," The Guardian, February 1, 2012

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