http://exposingthetruth.info/top-five-r ... the-dying/
While this is far from some scientific study, it is an interesting view from someone that sat with people as they passed.
1) I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2) I wish I didn’t work so hard.
3) I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4) I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5) I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Three of the five reasons are related directly to my exit from mormonism. Specifically, #1, #3, #5. With #4 I never knew true friendship until I left the church. I had friends, but only one has stayed a friend during my exit, though he's a long ways away. Now that I've left, I vacation with friends, I hang out, shoot the breeze, drink too much, laugh and cry with friends. I don't have a lot, but the few I have are worth the price of leaving. I was never able to feel as though I was myself while in the church. As a teen I remember wishing I wasn't so constrained by mormonism, specifcally the guilt I was made to feel. I can go on about each point. In the end, this article seems to highlight a lot of things I appreciate now that I've left and I thought I'd share.