How many times have you heard that if you have more than one true friend over the course of a lifetime you are lucky? Some of us have been fortunate enough to have more than one true friend as well as a collection of other friendships over our lifetime; however, it appears as though we often fail to maintain those connections as we age. In fact, not staying in touch with friends is the fourth most common dying regret according to the book “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.”
The book was penned by an Australian palliative care nurse – a nurse who cares for people in the last weeks or days of their lives. After listening to dying patients tell her their regrets over the course of several years the nurse began to hear common themes, hence the top five regrets on which the book is based. Number four on her list illustrates the regret people often have at not placing more importance on cultivating and maintaining friendships as they aged. People often get caught up in their own lives, their careers, or their families and true friendships slip away without realizing it.
While it may not be possible to die without any regrets, it is possible to avoid many common dying regrets. If you have a true friend pick up the phone now and give him or her a call. Better yet, make plans to take a vacation together or spend the holidays together. A true friend is a gift – make sure you remember that when your life gets busy and complicated.
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