The Loved One's Curse
When an elderly person perishes, it is believed their partner is not long from following; it was the bonds in life which lead each other to death.
A biological behaviour often observed in affectionate birds - upon the death of one, the partner will soon die of heartbreak. In the age of modern medicine, hospital nurses in Japan have speculated the rate of death among elderly couples when one passes way is concerningly high - a factor leading to the urban legend of 'the loved one's curse'.
In Japanese mythology, the creature which has the task of collecting souls after death is called a 'shinigami'. In the fleeting moments between transporting a soul to the beyond, a soul may latch onto the closest person in the area - usually their partner which is lingering by their bedside.
For most people, souls are well-grounded among the living. However, elderly people, grieving for the loss of a partner who was so thoroughly part of their long life, may have their soul plucked from their body.
As it is believed the soul is removed by pulling it from a person's feet, an elderly loved one may first lose the ability to stand, followed by speech, and then lastly the ability to feel - eventually succumbing to death.
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