Palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware spent several years caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. As she sat with them she recorded their dying epiphanies. She noticed that when she asked patients about any regrets they had, or things they would do differently, common themes surfaced. As she explains in her book, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying , one of the recurring regrets was, ‘‘I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings’’. It is this sentiment that planted the seed for Melbourne’s newest monthly spoken word event, Better Off Said: Eulogies for the Living and the Dead. The project comes from award-winning poet and spoken-word performer Emilie Zoey Baker and Women of Letters co-founder Marieke Hardy. Each month, four artists will read a specially commissioned piece about ‘‘The Words I Wish I’d Said’’ while another delivers a ‘‘living eulogy’’ to a […]