These Real Dying Wishes Put In Perspective What People Value In Their Final Moments

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Nothing like knowing that your end is near to really make you take a step back and re-evaluate what it is that actually matters most in life. Or so you would think. The following anecdotes are real, raw quotations shared by people on Reddit of their loved ones’ dying wishes.

Ask yourself first: “if you knew that your life was ending right now, what is the last thing that you hope to see, do, or who is the person you would want to share it with.”

It turns out that when it is actually your turn to pass on, the answer might surprise you…

A Case Of Beer

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Wil Stewart / Unsplash

​”My great uncle found out he had cancer and it was really bad. Near the end, he was sent home to wait for death pretty much. So he decided to bring all his boys back home to drink a case of his favorite beer, under the apple tree he planted as a child at the farmhouse. His ashes are in those bottles under the tree to this day.”- MuchDance1996 / Reddit

Happiness is in the little things, and a life well-lived is nothing more but the accumulation of celebrated moments. Why should the last one be any different?

Danish And A Coffee

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Will Thomas / Unsplash

“My grandfather’s last request was for a danish and a cup of coffee” – deleted / Reddit

Some people thrive on routine and don’t even know who they are without it. Others simply find it comforting. We can’t guarantee we know exactly what happens next after we die. That’s why many find it reassuring to have a piece of their everyday life with them on their death beds, and hope that the next life will have a similar element of familiarity.

To Get Married

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Nathan Dumlao / Unsplash

“My girlfriend is going to a wedding this weekend. The bride has a terminal illness and her dying wish was to get married.” – deleted / Reddit

It can be depressing to think about the groom’s life after his wife passes. Yet, a Redditor made a heartwarming observation:

“I know a guy who did this. He was so madly in love with his bride that he wanted to be married for whatever time they could. He’s remarried now. I’ve always wondered what the dynamic is like in a relationship where the husband would still be married to someone else if things had gone the way he wanted.” – puskunk / Reddit

To See The World

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Annie Spratt / Unsplash

“I never got to go to my grandfather’s funeral because I was going on a school trip to D.C. while he was sick. I told him I didn’t really want to go, but he was insistent that I go. We both knew it was getting near his time, but he knew how much I loved history and that I probably wouldn’t get a chance for a long time again. That night, while I was on the bus, he died.

His last words to me were “BGS, go see the world. I never got to leave this country. I want you to see everything. Not for me. For you.”- BubbaGumpScrimp / Reddit

Take this as a reminder that on your last days it won’t matter how many days you worked or prioritized your chores. You will only regret the days that you missed out on experiences, opportunities and memories.

To Be Released Back Into The Universe

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​”My grandma is originally from Japan, but she and my grandpa have lived in California since the 1970s. Their dying wish is to mix their cremated remains together and then release them into the pacific ocean. That way some of them could travel back to Japan and some can stay in California.” – danaadaugherty

Do you believe in reincarnation? Releasing ashes back in the same nature that created us is often symbolic of this kind of rebirth of our non-physical essence before it takes the shape of a new living physical form.

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