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Minding our Elders: Death of spouse leaves painful nighttime void

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DEAR CAROL: My mom died of cancer six months ago at the age of 73. Her death wasn’t unexpected, so while it was hard, the family concentrated on being grateful that her suffering was over.

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Dad seems to be doing okay except at night. He misses her next to him so he can’t sleep. He says he reads most of the night and I know he naps a lot during the day.

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