Invisible grief

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Widowers handle loss of spouse much differently than do female counterparts

Diane Daniels

Special to the Chronicle

Although there are more widows, on average, than widowers, the latter have their trials equal to that of widows. The Census Bureau reported in 2004 that 3 percent of men were widowers as compared to

12 percent of women. After age 65, the percentages rise significantly: 14 percent for widowers and 45 percent for widows. Still, the numbers don’t tell the story of the special adjustments men must make to the loss of their spouse or partner. 

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