What a priest learned from ministering in hospice

Father Michael Griffin, a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Fall, SD and editor of The Bishop’s Bulletin, the diocesan monthly publication, shares some piercing reflections of those he has ministered to in hospice. He writes those who have a short time left to live their lives have a powerful insight into what really matters. They have a lesson to teach.

There are five regrets that hospice patients often mention as “I wish I had …..”

The first regret is: “I wish I had let myself be happier.”

The second is: “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”

The third is: “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.”

The fourth is: “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”

And the fifth regret is: “I wish I had the courage to live my life, instead of the one others expected of me.”

For Father Griffin, he finds the fifth regret the saddest, and on a personal level asks, “Whose life are we living anyway?”

For Fr. Griffin’s column in the January 2017 edition of The Bishop’s Bulletin, click here.