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Christmas time myth, a sad truth

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Merry Christmas to all senior citizens, baby boomers, and older Americans, or whatever category you see yourself. Today is Christmas Eve and most people are wrapping gifts, getting ready for family and guest for Christmas dinner. Some of us in the 50 plus crowd are not feeling very festive at this time, because of the loss of a loved one either recently or had transpired at this time of year in a previous year. The lost and sadness is a lot to bear for someone especially this time of year, when it is a time of year for family. The sad point is that the death rate does spike during the holidays. It is not a myth, but a sad truth.

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The myth proclaims that there are more deaths around the holidays than any other time of year. This includes suicides and unexplained deaths, and death from disease. According to a Daily report the most common causes of death during Christmas and extending to the New Year are cardiac disease, respiratory diseases, endocrine/nutritional/metabolic problems, digestive diseases, and cancer, This does not console the ones that have lost loved ones this time of year, in fact, it makes this writer a little more concern this time of year, especially after losing a love one this time of year, and learned this is an all too common occurrence this time of year.

Unfortunately this is a myth that many individuals in certain professions see the reality and not the myth, from funeral home directors to priests and emergency room staffers. This is a time of the year we find ourselves busier and more stressed. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason of the increase in deaths this time of year, but medical professions blame it on the cold. To anyone who has lost someone this time of year, it does not make it easier, but sometimes it is just because it is the way it is supposed to happen.



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