When someone wishes for something on his deathbed, there is a certain moral obligation on the person to whom the wish is expressed, to fulfill it regardless of how hard it is to do so. A dying wish resembles what the person wanted the most in his life; a desire he held very strongly in his mind, as that is what he thought of in his dying moments.
This is the reason why even people convicted for the most atrocious of crimes are granted a ‘last wish’. Asking for and honoring last wishes helps to create meaning, memories and closure at death. You want to dignify death and celebrate life. But why do we feel obliged to fulfill someone’s last wish? Because they will not go out with any regrets.
1. I wish I had spent more time with the people I love.
2. I wish I had worried less.
3. I wish I had forgiven more.
4. I wish I had stood up for myself.
5. I wish I had lived my own life.
6. I wish I had been more honest.
7. I wish I had worked less.
8. I wish I had cared less about what other people think.
9. I wish I had lived up to my full potential.
10. I wish I had faced my fears.
11. I wish I had stopped chasing the wrong things.
12. I wish I had lived more in the moment.