“The dramatic decline in childhood mortality during the 20th century has added a full year to women’s lives, according to a new study…

Several studies find that mothers are more likely to die in the years following the death of a child, Zipple said. This effect does not show up in fathers.

Using mathematical modeling based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, he calculated how the absence of bereavement affects the lifespans of present-day mothers in the United States. He estimates that the reduction in maternal bereavement adds, on average, a year to women’s lives.”

From Medical Xpress.