It is a true testament of love when we see the bond between man and wife. When one spouse dies before the other, the pain and suffering endured through the separation can literally break the heart of the grieving. In many cases, in older couples especially, we see the following spouse die months later.
The article, “George H.W. Bush Died Less Than 8 Months After His Wife of 73 Years. Doctors Explain Why That’s So Common” by Jamie Ducharme looks at why how George Bush died shortly after his wife and how it follows an all too common pattern of widows and widowers. The article states,
Experts say the emotional devastation of losing a life partner can also take a toll, sometimes even causing a potentially deadly condition commonly known as broken-heart syndrome (or by its medical name, takotsubo cardiomyopathy).
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