As a child, Bronnie Ware was the black sheep in the family and insisted on playing every single sport available, much to the exhaustion of her beautifully patient mother. She also spent a great deal of her early childhood climbing up to the highest stacked bales in the hay shed to lay there dreaming.
Bronnie has lived a nomadic existence for most of her adult life. As a result, countless roads have felt her footsteps and she has met thousands of wonderful people.
Contrast has often accompanied Bronnie's journey. Growing up on a sheep farm steered her towards an animal free diet. While nursing the dying she was also working with newborn babes at a mother's center, experiencing the whole spectrum of life. And despite being fed fear and doctrine via medical opinions, Bronnie chose to heal herself of serious illness coming through with flying colors and new insights into herself.
For many years she worked in palliative care. Her patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. She was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. She learned never to underestimate someone's capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.
When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five: