The death of a spouse is the single most stressful life event for the surviving spouse.
There are many reactions to loss, including emotional and physiological changes as
well as changes in social relations. And the experience of loss differs from person
to person. In addition to sadness, a host of other emotions are common during
bereavement, including some that may be surprising. Often survivors feel angry--angry
for having been left alone, angry at the deceased for dying. Feeling angry at
the deceased can heighten feelings of guilt, which is another common emotion following
bereavement. People feel remorse about things they did or didn't say, or they wonder
whether the death could have been avoided if only they had done something different.