'Although stories of spouses dying within days or weeks of each other have the ring of urban legends, they’re often true. George L. Engel, MD, a psychiatrist who pioneered studying the effects of psychological forces on health and disease, described dozens of cases in a classic 1971 article in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In some cases, the surviving spouse collapsed on hearing the news of his or her partner’s death. In others, the survivor seemed to make a conscious decision to die. In a chronicle of a death foretold, legendary New Yorker editor William Maxwell died within a week of his wife after telling a former colleague, “I’ve decided there’s not much reason to stick around, now that Emmy’s gone, and I’m doing my best never to take another bite of food.”'

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Do you believe in the possibility of a person dying from a broken 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. Engel, MD, a psychiatrist who pioneered studying the effects of psychological forces on health and disease, described dozens of cases in a classic 1971 article in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In some cases, the surviving spouse collapsed on hearing the news of his or her partner’s death. In others, the survivor seemed to make a conscious decision to die. In a chronicle of a death foretold, legendary New Yorker editor William Maxwell died within a week of his wife after telling a former colleague, “I’ve decided there’s not much reason to stick around, now that Emmy’s gone, and I’m doing my best never to take another bite of food.”`

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19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 2/23/03 - 11:49:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
I believe it could happen to me.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 11:30:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
I wouldn't cll it exactly that but i think that it can happen
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 11:44:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
I suppose so, as above. The death of a spouse is considered the most stressful emotional event a human can undergo.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 11:49:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
it probably could happen but its a stupid way to die i feel.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 11:50:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
and you could kill yourself over it
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 12:48:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
is it, kyry? i would have thought it would be losing a child.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 1:08:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
My dad died in 79 and almost a month to the day, my mother died. I know she died of a broken heart. they were married in 1940 and had a very happy life. In fact her funeral was a month to the day of when my father died. So yes I believe you can die of a broken heart.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 1:32:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
rags: Yep, according to a scale that some or other social psychologist constructed. I read it years ago, I think in Hilgaard's Introduction to Psychology (12th edition), so I can't remember much more than that the death of a spouse was at the top, followed closely by various other family deaths and the divorce of a spouse.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 1:38:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
It happens to other non-human animals all the time, it's really depressing. They get all sad and down. They have no motivation to do anything, not even eat or drink. They just lie down, and slowly wither away and die. Though this is a broken heart I'm speaking of, which comes in forms other than the loss of a spouse.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 2:36:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Tomorrow, I'm going out of town to bury my mother, 1 year and 2 weeks after the death of her husband of 43 years. We brought her here to live with us so she could be around family. We watched as she slowly self-destructed.She refused her medications and food at different times. At one point she told me that she could'nt live without him and wanted to die. It took her a long time compared to other examples, but yes I believe you can die of a broken heart.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 4:15:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Two people can die of other natural causes at simular times, and the examples sighted sound more depression related than anything.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 5:11:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
ya... people get depressed and stuff... :(
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 5:15:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
what exactly do you think a broken heart IS, short?
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 6:32:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
I dont think that its possible, come on now
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 2/24/03 - 6:34:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
look at chief joseph. i think it is possible to be so crushed as to simply lose your will to live.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 2/25/03 - 3:31:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
that could be me, I have much problems to forget a relationship, it's strange for me to arrange my feeling
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 2/25/03 - 11:29:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, I think it's possible.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 2/25/03 - 11:39:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
When my grandma died, my grandpa survived 2 weeks and then he died too. They were inseprable and when she died, I sware half of my grandpa was gone too.
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 2/25/03 - 7:17:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes i do
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 3/11/03 - 12:34:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
uhhhh yeah its called SUICIDE
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Tuesday 3/11/03 - 1:30:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
no moron. it's not.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 4/1/03 - 7:07:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
I know that my great-grandmother died just six days after my great-grandfather's funeral. She was just fine until he died of a heart attack, and then it's just like she didn't want to live anymore. They'd been married for 61 years, after all. So, I believe, in a sense, it's possible.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 5/3/03 - 5:00:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
my step-grandmother died like a few days after my granpa. it's not "broken heart syndrome" or something, it's people who are already not the healthiest creatures and they just don't have the will to hold on anymore.
19 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Saturday 5/3/03 - 5:09:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's possible...
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 6/18/03 - 3:59:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
My great-aunt died days after my great-uncle died. I think it's very possible.

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