Bereaved parents die of ‘broken heart’

Bradford, E., featuring Harper, M., O'Connor, R.C. & O'Carroll, R.E. (2011) BBC News Scotland, 8 September 2011. [SLS]

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Parents who lose a baby before its first birthday are more likely to die early themselves, according to a study.

Researchers at York and Stirling universities said bereaved parents were up to four times more likely to die in the decade following the child's death.

Previous studies have suggested there is a similar effect after the death of a spouse - often referred to as dying of a "broken heart".

The impact of losing a child has not been analysed to the same extent.

Available online: BBC News Scotland,
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