Five Regrets People Make on Their Deathbed


I came across this really interesting article on Facebook and wanted to share it with you. I read “The Five Regrets People Make on Their Deathbed” and thought to myself, hmmm, so far I have none of these regrets. Do you have any of these regrets? I have included a little excerpt  from each number for you to read.

Here are the five regrets that people make on their deathbed.

1) I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled.

2) I wish I didn’t work so hard.

This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners.

3) I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

4) I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years.

5) I wish that I had let myself be happier.

This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives.

Feel Free to read more of this article as the writer goes into more detail about why people make these regrets.

4 comments to Five Regrets People Make on Their Deathbed

  • Terra Heck  says:


  • Rosey  says:

    So sad to witness the same patterns over and over again. I guess it was good lessons to learn for you and those seeing it, but still such a pity. :/ Life goes by so fast too.

    Thank you for linking to Super Sunday Sync.

  • April  says:

    I would say that I’m happily working towards all of these goals. My Christmas was phenomenal (by my standards) because I told everyone what I wanted and what I expected. I stopped holding my tongue. It made the entire few days easy and welcoming for everyone. No one was angry (ME!) or avoiding others (ME!)! I also decided to stay home and am VERY thankful that my husband is willing to be the breadwinner during this time. Thanks for sharing and linking up with Countdown in Style! Don’t forget to come back on Friday to see if you were featured!


  • Jill F.  says:

    I saw the same post on Facebook and had the same thoughts – what can I change so I don’t have the same regrets. Thanks for joining the Thumping Thursday bloghop.

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