A "perfect storm" of stress, lack of sleep and forgetting to take regular medication puts mourners at increased risk in the days after losing a loved one. Scientists showed that after a significant person's death, heart attack risks increased to 21 times higher than normal within the first day, and were almost six times higher than normal within the first week. Doctor Murray Mittleman, a preventive cardiologist and epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School in the United States, said: "Caretakers, healthcare providers, and the bereaved themselves need to recognise they are in a period of heightened risk in the days and weeks after hearing of someone close dying. The researchers also found that the increased risk of heart attack within the first week after the loss of a significant person ranges from one per people with a high heart attack risk to one per 1, people with a low heart attack risk. The study is the first to focus on heart attack risk during the first few days and weeks after someone close died.
Now and then, the obituary page lists the deaths of an older couple that passed away within a short time of each other. Can that really happen? Several centuries ago, the answer would have been yes — "griefe" was widely considered a cause of death. Thirty years ago, scientists would have dismissed such a romantic idea. Now we're edging back to yes again, nudged by documented instances of bad news triggering heart attacks, studies tracing the repercussions of bereavement or the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters, and a better understanding of how stress and depression affect the heart. Although stories of spouses dying within days or weeks of each other have the ring of urban legends, they're often true. George L.
There is no timetable for how long grief lasts, or how you should feel after a particular time. After twelve months it may still feel as if everything happened yesterday, or it may feel like it all happened a lifetime ago. These are some of the feelings you might have when you are coping with grief longer-term. You and the people around you may have expectations about how quickly you should move on. But grief changes over time, as you understand how different your life is without the person.
Many of us share an intense love and bond with our animal companions. The pain of loss can often feel overwhelming and trigger all sorts of painful and difficult emotions. While some people may not understand the depth of feeling you had for your pet, you should never feel guilty or ashamed about grieving for an animal friend. While we all respond to loss differently, the level of grief you experience will often depend on factors such as your age and personality, the age of your pet, and the circumstances of their death.