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'Top five regrets of the dying'

Postby Mad Howler » Fri Feb 08, 2013 11:48 pm

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Re: 'Top five regrets of the dying'

Postby bdog » Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:43 am

You keep using that word...
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Re: 'Top five regrets of the dying'

Postby bdog » Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:52 am

I think regrets of the dying are bullshit.

They're a million miles away from the person they were when they made the decisions they did. I'd love to see angel second class Clarence show up and give them their wish - fix all their regrets.

Then watch the fireworks.
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Re: 'Top five regrets of the dying'

Postby john_titor » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:30 am

I would have thought the the first wish listed would have been, "I wish I wasn't about to die".
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Re: 'Top five regrets of the dying'

Postby gargantua » Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:56 pm

I wish I'd spent less time reading this thread.
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Re: 'Top five regrets of the dying'

Postby snoqueen » Sat Feb 09, 2013 2:27 pm

I liked the article, having been present to see many of my relatives off.

Mostly they kept saying "thank you" over and over instead of doing the regret thing.
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Re: 'Top five regrets of the dying'

Postby Mad Howler » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:01 pm

bdog wrote:You keep using that word...


I do. Thank you for elevating the word with me.

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Re: 'Top five regrets of the dying'

Postby Mad Howler » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:10 pm

snoqueen wrote:I liked the article, having been present to see many of my relatives off.

Mostly they kept saying "thank you" over and over instead of doing the regret thing.


From what I have gathered, here, you have a couple/few decades on me. I have not seen so many people in my life off yet, but my experience so far suggests that I have had less luck in this area than you (so far). Thank you for the note of optimism.

P.S.
I have not seen anyone off in the last bit, I just found this piece meaningful.
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Re: 'Top five regrets of the dying'

Postby other i » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:34 pm

Didn't read the article. Have an aversion to this list thing that's so overused lately. "10 things you should know about cat vomit..." Filler.

So having watched a significant number of people die who expressed no regrets whatsoever, I wonder where they would be positioned in the list?
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Re: 'Top five regrets of the dying'

Postby Donald » Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:04 pm

I don't understand people who say they have "no regrets." My guess is they are callous and/or unreflective people, or, more likely, they are just not going to get into things they'd rather not divulge. The whole "I did it my way" philosophy is foreign to real life. If you did it your way in everything, then you never had a spouse or a child or a friend. People might not want to spill out all their issues and regrets at the end of life, or they have come to terms with them or they prefer to take their issues to the grave with them.
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Re: 'Top five regrets of the dying'

Postby fennel » Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:16 pm

So they say, and come to find the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service discovered that their baggage was full of egrets ...
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Re: 'Top five regrets of the dying'

Postby Mad Howler » Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:09 am

fennel wrote:So they say, and come to find the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service discovered that their baggage was full of egrets ...


Haha!
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Re: 'Top five regrets of the dying'

Postby Bwis53 » Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:21 am

AARP ran this article a year ago. Like Sno, most of my ancestors have predeceased me. The silver lining, of my dearest friend dying slowly of pancreatic cancer, was that nothing was left unsaid. I can't say that I got any gems of wisdom, just a lot of love. When she said that she had no regrets, I felt like saying she was a damn liar. But I loved her too much to say anything hurtful.
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Re: 'Top five regrets of the dying'

Postby Bland » Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:26 am

Donald wrote:If you did it your way in everything, then you never had a spouse or a child or a friend.
I am baffled by this sentiment. Why do you assume that given a choice people would pick to remain unloved and friendless?
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