What Is the Widowhood Effect?

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  • The widowhood effect is a phenomenon in which older people who have lost a spouse have an increased risk of dying themselves. Research suggests that this risk is highest during the first three months following the death of a spouse.

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Public Health found that people whose spouses had just died had a 66% increased chance of dying within the first three months following their spouse’s death.

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Article submitted to MSRN by Pat France, MSRN VOLUNTEER