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Learning activity 1

Evidence: Regrets from the dying

This evidence is divided into two parts. Read the instructions below and make
sure you complete both tasks.

Fuente: SENA

A. In 2012, Bronnie Ware, an Australian palliative nurse, wrote a book called “The
Top Five Regrets of the Dying”. Read the following article about that book and
answer the questions below.

To answer questions 1 and 2, follow the grammar structure in the example:

Example: They wish they hadn’t wasted time in silly arguments.


Women also spoke of this regret. until they no longer have it". Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made. or not made. "When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently. I wish I hadn't worked so hard. "common themes surfaced again and again". it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. but as most were from an older generation. not the life others expected of me. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai. caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. as witnessed by Ware: 1. Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives. many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence". 2. Here are the top five regrets of the dying. "This was the most common regret of all. and how we might learn from their wisdom. and among the top ones is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'. Top five regrets of the dying A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. from men in particular. . Health brings a freedom very few realise." she says. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship. "This came from every male patient that I nursed. Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care. is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life? There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. And among the top.

"This is a surprisingly common one.3. I wish that I had let myself be happier. Fear of change had them pretending to others. What is one of the most common regrets dying people. they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. as well as their physical lives. when deep within. particularly men. What do you think this means? . What's your greatest regret so far. When dying people are asked about their regrets. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying". There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. As a result. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. "Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. The so-called 'comfort' of familiarity overflowed into their emotions. In the article they mentioned that happiness is a choice. 4. "Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. 5. what are the most common themes they mention? 3. have? 2. they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again". Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result". They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. and to their selves. and what will you set out to achieve or change before you die? Questions: 1. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings. that they were content.

When you see that life falls apart and you remember what you lived through your mind those things that frustrated as not having been so harried at the time to say what you felt. visible during your extention there 2. Of course happiness is a choice where everyone decides. One of the most common regrets in men is having worked so hard all their lives. Read the example below: Example: Regret: They wish they hadn’t wasted time on silly arguments. your life is a path where there are many deviations and you have the option to decide how you walk. Reflection: If they hadn’t wasted time on silly arguments. Answers: 1. or have not spent quality time with your famila. they would have enjoyed the company of others more. This is because all their life they gave their daily support to their family through work where many times the routine was one of the most important factors. . describe how things would have been different if they had changed their actions in each situation. or often overlook those friends with whom you shared some days and today you do not know anything simply because you wanted it so 3. Using the answers from part A question 2. or haverte forgotten your happiness for thinking what will be good for society. B.

and not the life that others expected of them. always saying what we are being I regret: they wish they had kept in touch with their friends. I'm sorry: they wish they had not worked so hard. Reflection: if they had spent time with their friends on occasion to be in contact with them. in these moments I would be accompanied by those good friends who never fail I regret: they wish they had left feeling happier. Reflection: if they had the courage to choose life in their own way. Answer: I regret: they wish they had the courage to live a life true to themselves. they would not live thinking about what others would do instead. Reflection: if we were not afraid of what others might say about our feelings. . Reflection: if they had not worked so hard maybe they would have lived a life of carefree travel and just thinking about living the moment I regret: they would like to have the courage to express their feelings. we would be happier and more honest.

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