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Is “Broken Heart Syndrome” Real or Just a Romantic Idea?

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Dear Carol: I read an article online where you wrote that you’d lost both of your parents within a few months. I’ve been there. My dad died from heart issues that he’d lived with for a long time, but when he died, he went quickly in his sleep so we couldn’t say goodbye. As you can imagine, his passing was hard on all of us but particularly hard on mom since they’d been together for over 60 years. After Dad’s death, Mom discovered that she had cancer and she passed exactly two months after Dad. Thankfully, we were with her during her decline and could hold her hand as she died but losing Mom so soon after losing Dad has been awful. I just wondered how quickly your mother passed away after your father, and if you believed that she didn't want to go on without her husband. I ​suppose I'm asking so I don't feel that my family is not alone with this pain. – ME

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