It seems to me that death is the new sex. That is, we handle the topic of death much like the Victorians handled the topic of sex. We deny it, don’t want to talk about it and, as a result, we are unprepared when it comes.
The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing gives us an opportunity to look (albeit in a hands-off kind of way) at the harsh physical and emotional realities of a fast approaching death from the perspective of the patients of a palliative care worker.
Bronnie is a free spirit, travelling around, moving from job to job as she enjoys different places that her heart tells her to see. Eventually, she is drawn back home to her native Australia, where she takes a job caring for a terminally ill woman. One such job leads to another and Bronnie finds herself in the thick of profound lessons that are found during the time that precedes death.
The number one regret of the dying? “The regret of not having lived a life true to themselves.”
(Anyone besides me worried that they may have the same regret when their time comes?)
The book’s strength lies in the list of regrets of the dying and discussions of life altering epiphanies. It is written in a very straightforward, simple way with a view to inspire thought and, possibly, change in the lives of those who still have lots of time left.
The kindle version of this book is available for $O.99 USD until this Friday.