Death of a Loved One Can Increase Mortality Risk for Bereaved

August 28, 2013

a woman comforting a bereaved personA study that aims to determine how the death of a loved one can affect the bereaved’s own mortality was conducted and based on the result, depending on the cause of death, grief for the death of a loved one can actually increase the risk of mortality.

Sunil M. Shah, MBBS, of the Division of Population Health Sciences and Education at St. George’s University of London, conducted a study on 170,000 couples over the age of 60. She looked at deaths from chronic illness versus sudden deaths and how these have affected the bereaved mortality risk.
Find out more about Shah’s research here.

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