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On Living

UK Publisher: Penguin Life
US Publisher: Riverhead Books

A hospice chaplain’s lessons on the meaning of life, from those who are leaving it

What are the top regrets of the dying? That’s what Kerry Egan, a hospice chaplain, learned as she listened to her patients on their deathbeds, witnessing what she calls the “spiritual work of dying” – the work of finding or making meaning of one’s life, the experiences it contained and the people who have touched it. In this book she recalls the stories she heard – stories of hope and regret, shame and pride, mystery and revelation, and secrets held too long.

This isn’t a book about dying – it’s a book about living. Each of Egan’s patients taught her something; in this moving and beautiful book, she imparts their poignant and profound lessons on how to live a life without regrets.


Kerry Egan is a hospice chaplain and a graduate of Harvard Divinity School. Her hospice work has been featured on...