Life is hard. Life is loss. Life wears you down, yet despite those challenges most of us still prefer living to dying. But that’s not always the case.
- Excess mortality among the bereaved was high from accidental, violent, and alcohol-related causes;
- Excess mortality was greater at short ( < 6 months) rather than long durations of bereavement;
- Excess mortality had a higher incidence among younger rather than older bereaved persons;
- Excess mortality was more common among men than women.
I would propose that these “excess mortalities” suggest a type of resignation or “giving up” of sorts – specifically, giving up on the will to live.
“The strong spirit of a person sustains them in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak or broken spirit – who can raise it up?” Proverbs 18:14.
“I’m ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with strength in my inner being.” Philippians 4:13
“In the day when I called, you answered me and you strengthened me with strength, might and inflexibility in my inner self.” Psalms 138:3