My wife’s brother just died. It was unexpected. He was only 68.
His wife, who was 74, died 6 weeks ago.
I’m a retired actuary. Actuaries maintain statistics on what is commonly called “heartbreak death”. This is the phenomenon of increased probability of death after the death of a spouse. Studies show a noticeable increase in death in the first 2 years after the death of a spouse. A formal term for quantifying this additional mortality is the “contagion factor”.
Forget the actuarial analysis. This is a real human tragedy. There are 3 adult children who have lost both parents in a short period of time.
Makes you pause and think about what is important in life.
-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.