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Death of a long-term spouse can feel like losing a piece of your body. (Published 09/23/2014)


My parents were involved in a serious head on collision six years ago. My mother died after 7 months in the hospital, without ever coming home. My father can't even think about her, or speak about her without tearing up and becoming depressed. They had just celebrated their 50th anniversary the month before the accident and dad had been taking care of mom as she was in bad health. He is also a veteran suffering from PTSD and other health issues. Is this normal for couples being together for so long and one being a care giver? Do they miss their mate more than normal? I miss mom too, but I have gone on with my life and don't always cry when I reminisce about her.

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