Chicago Tribune

Dahleen Glanton: A widow cannot bear life alone. Is it possible to love someone too much?

Charlye Kate Davenport, my godmother, passed away on Easter Sunday. But life ended for her eight years ago.

That's when Kate's beloved husband, Leo, died.

It has been found that the romantic bond between two people can be so intense that once broken, it can kill. Over the years, researchers have documented many cases of husbands and wives, and parents and their children dying shortly after one another.

In Kate's mind, death could not come fast enough. Her debilitating grief lasted for

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

Related Interests

More from Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune3 min read
Kyle Long's Season Is Over — And His Bears Future Is In Doubt. And There Are Still Plenty Of Unanswered Questions About The Running Game.
The Bears' decision to put Kyle Long on injured reserve implies they identified the ailing right guard as a factor in their failure to consistently run the ball. But it's not as though the Bears are one roster transaction away from unlocking their gr
Chicago Tribune3 min readPsychology
Editorial: A 9-year-old Charged With Murder? The Focus Should Be On Healing, Not Punishment
A deadly, fast-moving fire ripped through a mobile home east of Peoria, Ill., in April, hollowing out a family through the loss three children and two adults. The fire left surviving relatives bereaved, traumatized and in some cases, angry. In a deve
Chicago Tribune4 min read
5 Minutes With Nikole Hannah-Jones, The Architect Behind The New York Times' '1619 Project'
Journalists like words. And when the right words are put together with data and research (well-known or otherwise), things can happen. Nikole Hannah-Jones, investigative reporter covering racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine and creator o