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"I wish I didn't work so hard" -- One of the Top Regrets of the Dying
Date:5/26/2013

Los Angeles CA (PRWEB) May 26, 2013

During Donate Life month, we were once again reminded of the value of life and how becoming a registered organ donor could help another person extend his life - a single life saved which in turn affects the lives of his immediate family and his continued contribution to more lives in society.

Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who has spent time with patients during their last several weeks of life, wrote an article last year at Huffington Post called "the top 5 regrets of the dying" based on the conversations she had with her patients.

After compiling the answers, Ware said that among the most common regrets expressed by the patients were:

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'd had the courage to express my feelings.
3. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
4. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

She also wrote about one regret: I wish I didn't work so hard.

This sentiment came from mostly male patients that she has nursed. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most women she has nursed were from a generation where they had not been breadwinners, there were less who mentioned it.

She wrote, "All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence."

Family and relationship expert Hellen Chen, agreed, "The deepest regret that I have heard has been men and women missing out on the most important part o
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