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When Margaret Williams died in Wales last month, her husband Edmund selected the poems for her funeral. They had been married for 60 years and their love had endured. In their late 80s, they would still go into their garden holding hands.|
Then, a week after Margaret's death, Edmund himself died. In his grief, he stopped living. Her funeral became their funeral - two coffins beside each other, the couple united in death as they had been in life. The poem he had written for her, and chosen for the service, was read for them both.
Research published earlier this year in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that, while it happened rarely, the number of people who had a heart attack or a stroke in the month after a loved-one died was double that of a matched control group who were not grieving (50 out of 30,447 in the bereaved group, or 0.16%, compared with 67 out of 83,588 in the non-bereaved group, or 0.08%). One of the authors, Dr Sunil Shah of St George's at the University of London, told the BBC: "We often use the term a 'broken heart' to signify the pain of losing a loved-one and our study shows that bereavement can have a direct effect on the health of the heart."
早些时候在JAMA Internal Medicine 杂志发布的研究显示，丧失心爱的的人死于心脏病或中风的几率会高。丧失亲友的人的30447人有50个在当月得心脏病或中风，而没有丧失亲友的人83588个人里只有67人得心脏病或中风。圣乔治医院的医生Sunil Shah称 我们用心碎来形容失去爱人的人们，研究表明这其实会对他们的健康和心脏造成直接的影响。