The Hallucinations of Widowhood

  title={The Hallucinations of Widowhood},
  author={W. D. W. Rees},
  journal={British Medical Journal},
  pages={37 - 41}
  • W. Rees
  • Published 2 October 1971
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • British Medical Journal
227 widows and 66 widowers were interviewed to determine the extent to which they had hallucinatory experiences of their dead spouse. The people interviewed formed 80·7% of all widowed people resident within a defined area, in mid-Wales, and 94·2% of those suitable, through the absence of incapacitating illness, for interview. Almost half the people interviewed had hallucinations or illusions of the dead spouse. The proportion of men and women who had these experiences was similar. The… 

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