Your Spouse's Death
by Debbie J.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The bond between a husband and wife is one of the most intimate emotional and physical bonds of any human relationship. Your spouse is the person you share your hopes and dreams with, your partner, friend, co-parent, traveling companion, and confidante all in one.
Regardless of how the roles are defined within the relationship, a spouse is the person with whom you share your life. It is therefore no surprise that losing a spouse in death is ranked by psychologists as the single most stressful life event, followed only by divorce and separation. Whether a spouse dies suddenly and unexpectedly, or whether death comes over time and with some warning, the surviving spouse must come to terms with the loss and eventually find a way to pick up the pieces and move on.
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
When under such extreme and sustained stress, emotional and physical symptoms follow. Stress causes the body to go into a physiological fight-or-flight reaction, and if stress is profound or prolonged, the body remains in a constant state of alarm, which can lead to vulnerability to disease and even death. Stress impairs cognitive functioning, leads to depression, fear, anxiety, and anger, and leaves the body susceptible to a whole host of physical issues.
Stress causes the immune system to be compromised, and it becomes much harder to fight off even common illnesses like flu or a cold. Ulcers, asthma, migraines, and hypertension are common effects associated with stress. Development of more serious issues such as coronary heart disease and cancer is also facilitated by stress. Stress brought on by the death of a spouse commonly brings on depression, sleeping too much, insomnia, and disturbing dreams, just to mention a few problems...
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- Hyperink, March 2012
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