It is not easy for widowers to start over

by Annalisa Lista - 2016.09.29

It is not always true that time heals all wounds. At least not for widowers. A recent study documents the difficulty than many have in starting a new life, after the death of a partner, a fact that has already been demonstrated scientifically. However, this new study undertaken by Arizona State University, contrary to earlier research, points out than many do not really ever get over the loss. These researchers used different parameters for what is known as the resilience index of a person. Analyzing a group of individuals upon having lost a female/male partner, results indicated that only 8%, after at least 3 years, overcomes the loss of the loved one entirely. Against the 40-60% claimed in earlier studies. How can this disparity in results be explained? Quite simple, in the past, the entire sphere of the individual’s life was not taken into consideration when calculating the ability to recover strength. For example, some individuals have difficulty at work, but in other contexts appear to be in perfect form. Then, to the contrary, there are others who throw themselves into professional commitments, but end up alone on the couch at home, depressed, in front of a photograph. And then, there are those whose health suffers. In the end, there are few who are able to rediscover a true balance.

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