I know of an elderly couple that was married for many years where the husband died of stroke, and the wife passed away three weeks later in her sleep. I imagine she no longer felt a reason to live anymore.
__________________ "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanual Kant~
Of course spending more time with their wives may cause marital stress and bring on a death wish. (Only kidding ladies!)
I have to wonder about the husbands who die first.....does anyone ever bother to check for poisoning? Its a brave lady who can live with the old man for fifty years and then have him home all the time again...it would drive me bonkers...I would kill him!
__________________ God is and all is well
~John Greenleaf Whittier~
I not only have seen this phenomena but I have seen husband and wife, both in hospice or hsopice and hospital at the same time, die within hours of each other. I would say that I saw this maybe 5 or 6 times in my hospice work.
I would not call it a reaction of greif but a planned intent on the soul level to travel closely together.
"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." Marcus Aurelius