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The Top Five Regrets of the Dying : A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing - Bronnie Ware

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing


Published: 15th March 2012
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In February 2012, as she went in labour with her first child, Bronnie Ware prayed for two things: the safe arrival of her baby, and that she would one day become a Hay House author. In a turn of events that can only be described as extraordinary, within 24 hours, both had come true!

First published in October 2011 by Balboa Press (a division of Hay House), The Top Five Regrets of the Dying is now being released simultaneously worldwide as a Hay House title. When The Top Five Regrets of the Dying started shooting straight to the top of the bestseller lists, monitoring between Balboa Press and Hay House went into overdrive. It wasn't long before calls from The ABC, The Courier Mail as well as other local media, plus the UK's Sunday Times and BBC followed. Within a week, rights to The Top Five Regrets of the Dying were sold in seven countries. More information available in SAMS.

Bronnie's blog, Inspiration and Chai, is the source of the post The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, which has been read by over 3 million people worldwide. This post is the springboard from which the book of the same name was written.

Part memoir, part inspirational guide, in The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, Bronnie shares her own life story, and interweaves it with the lessons she learned from her experiences with the patients she tended as a palliative care nurse.

The top five regrets are:

1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself
2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard
3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings
4. I wish I'd stayed in touch with my friends and
5. I wish I'd let myself be happierĀ 

International interest has been huge, with rights sold in Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Czech Republic, and auctions in place for World Spanish Language, France, Japan, Korea and Poland.

About the Author

Bronnie Ware is an inspiring and creative soul from Australia. Through her work Bronnie weaves delightful tales of real life observations and experience. Using gentleness, honesty, and humour, Bronnie celebrates both the strength and vulnerability of human nature. Her message is a positive and inspiring one.

As well as performing her own songs, Bronnie runs an online personal growth and songwriting course, writes a well-loved blog called Inspiration and Chai, including articles that have been translated into several languages, and is the author of the full-length memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying - A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, recently released worldwide.


title sounds ominous. Book uplifting and very positive


Can be read in discrete sections. Autobiographical slant was unexpected but gave great context. Opened opportunities for conversations with family and friends.


I would buy this product again


I enjoyed the book which gave an honest insight into the dying's thoughts and regrets but also the effects on the unsung heroes, the carers and most family members.

Caloundra, QLD Australia

Everybody should have a copy of this book


This is a "reminder" book of how short life is, and how to maximise it while we can...hopefully we won't have these regrets at the end of our life. A great gift for someone you value.

Brisbane, Australia


Wondeful uplifting book


Wonderful book. Bronnie shares her life and the lessons she has learnt from caring for people at the end of their lives. Everyone should read this book

Hunter Valley, NSW


A beautiful read!


Inspiring, honest, and moving, brought me to tears a few times.






Wollongong, NSW


a good read also interesting


very educational i can use examples in my work place

wentworth near mildura vic


Best book ever read - will read again &


This book is not what you may think - yes there are details of the regrets of dying, but it is far more than this - it is a story of a journey, a very inspiring journey that will take you by surprise towards the end. This book is full of great inspiration and hope, and I can't wait to read it again......once my husband finishes it!

Rural QLD


Useful, informative for older people


Written by a lay person who gained an insight to the thoughts of the dying. The five tenets were not unexpected but are well clarified by the writer with examples



Everyone needs to read this book


A beautiful book that gives insight into what people feel when they are dying. They don't wish they made more money or worked harder, they wish they loved more, laughed more, were kinder to themselves and others. A book to learn from and read over again and again. A bible for real life.

Sydney, AU


The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

4.8 10


Introductionp. Vll
From the tropics to the snowp. 1
An unexpected career pathp. 12
Honesty and surrenderp. 24
I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not die life others expected of mep. 37
Products of our environmentp. 48
Trappingsp. 58
I wish I hadn't worked so hardp. 70
Purpose and intentionp. 79
Simplicityp. 90
I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelingsp. 102
No guiltp. 113
Gifts in disguisep. 126
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friendsp. 135
True friendsp. 145
Allow yourselfp. 157
I wish I had let myself be happierp. 167
Happiness is nowp. 178
A matter of perspectivep. 190
Changing timesp. 199
Darkness and dawnp. 212
No regretsp. 224
Smile and knowp. 236
About the Authorp. 245
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ISBN: 9781401940652
ISBN-10: 140194065X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 246
Published: 15th March 2012
Publisher: Hay House Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.6  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1