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Research Article

Mortality of bereavement.

Br Med J 1976; 1 doi: (Published 20 March 1976) Cite this as: Br Med J 1976;1:700
  1. A W Ward


    The death rate of a group of 87 widowers and 279 widows was followed for two years from the death of their spouses. The life tables for England and Wales 1970-2 indicated that the expected number of deaths would be 6 men and 11 women. The actual numbers (9 men and 11 women, 5.5%) were not significantly different, though there were more widowers' deaths during the first six months of bereavement. There was no significantly greater mortality among those whose spouses had died in hospital; but when this had occurred the health of the second spouse was likely to have been poorer than that of those whose spouses had died at home.