Question: How long do widows stay single?

Average time frame for widowers who remarry is about two – three years while for widows, its three to five years. But, having children or not, being younger or older and your general state of resiliency in the face of tragedy plays into this as well.

Do widows die shortly after their spouse?

The widowhood effect is the increase in the probability of a person dying a relatively short time after their long-time spouse has died. The pattern indicates a sharp increase in risk of death for the widower, particularly but not exclusively, in the three months closest thereafter the death of the spouse.

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