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Grieving widows effect

\ˈgrivɪŋ\ \ˈwɪdoʊz\ \ɪˈfɛkt\

The effect of mortality rates generally being higher for a surviving contingent second life (usually a spouse) than for the first life.

The effect is also sometimes known as “broken-heart syndrome” and tends to be the strongest immediately after the death of a partner.

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