Research shows that if you are old and somebody close to you dies, you have a high risk of getting ill because your immune system can become weak.
The immune system is a group of body parts- organs, cells, tissue – that protects the rest of the body from infection and germs.
When an older person experiences loss, stress and bereavement (because someone close to them has died), they have a higher chance of developing serious infections, for example pneumonia, that can cause death.
This new research focuses on people over the age of 65. Young people are not affected in the same way.
BSL Information about Death and Bereavement
Click on the pictures to watch BSL clips that will help you cope if someone has died
Our advice is that older people should eat healthily, exercise, and see their friends and family lots after someone close to them has died. This will help reduce stress and keep the body’s immune system strong. Then their risk of getting ill themselves will be lower.
If you are still struggling with your emotions, maybe counselling will help you? We have a D/deaf therapy service called BSL Healthy Minds where you can talk to a therapist in BSL without needing an interpreter. More information and contact email addresses can be found on our website (in BSL or written English).