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Old 12-21-2010, 12:43 PM
 
Location: very new to Ossining NY
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Default Are there more deaths at Christmas-New Year time of year, or is it a myth?

Todaymy neighbor died after drinking herself unconscious, at home, and ended up face down in a basin of water. She was discovered at 6 am this morning. It wasn't a surprise, as the lady was seriously psychotic and in the process of being evicted from her apartment.

My mother died, in the early hours of New Year's Day, many years ago, from terminal cancer. When I think about it, a higher percentage of people I've known that have passed away, mostly from natural causes, at this time of the year.

Has anyone else noticed from his/her life experience that deaths are greater at this time of year, or is my observation just random chance? I looked on Internet, and answers I got were that there are no definitive stats to show a sudden peak at this time of year, but in other areas, domestic violence, auto accidents, suicides, and even some evidence of greater homicides, there are sudden peaks from a couple of weeks before Christmas until a few days after New Year's Day.

Thank you for your thoughts.
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:58 PM
 
Location: in your dreams
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I don't know, but one of my friends just passed over the weekend...
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I think there are more deaths following black friday and into the first days/weeks of the new year.

Reasons:

Weather - Road conditions and such make it more dangerous to be out and about.

Drinking - With all the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years) a lot of people get drunk. There's drinking and driving, or alcohol poisoning, or...

Heart Attacks/Illness - Thanksgiving and Christmas, a meal tends to go along with it. Lets be honest, Americans don't eat healthy to begin with, and these meals tend to be salty and fatty which in some people can trigger a heart attack. As far as other illnesses, I think some people feel like "I'll enjoy this last holiday season with my family and then I'll pass on". A lot of people in despair do similar things, but don't wait until the end of the year. They feel sad and lonely and unloved and give up. The holidays are depressing for some.


That's my 2 cents.
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Old 12-21-2010, 06:06 PM
 
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Noone I was close to passed on between Thanksgiving and New Year's but then I don't kinow many people nowdays
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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High fat food, plus cold, plus stress can be major triggers for a heart attack. Heart attack deaths to climb this time of year. I don't know about other causes of death, though, other than that suicide is more common than usual.
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Old 12-21-2010, 10:24 PM
 
Location: TN
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my uncle passed away this morning from kidney disease at age 53.
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:53 AM
 
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Apparently it's true! A minor spike, but a spike nevertheless. Why the day after Christmas is hazardous to your heart - CNN.com
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Old 12-22-2010, 09:54 AM
 
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my uncle passed away this morning from kidney disease at age 53.
My condolences on your loss.
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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As a paramedic, I can definately tell you that yes, there are more deaths around the holidays- especially suicides. Money issues, people missing their families, domestic arguements increase over the holidays. This is worsened by shorter days, dreary weather.. the list goes on & on (and that's JUST the suicides). It's so sad, but it happens.
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Old 12-24-2010, 01:35 PM
 
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my uncle passed away this morning from kidney disease at age 53.
So sorry for your loss.
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