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  1. Mairi Harper1,
  2. Rory C. O'Connor2 and
  3. Ronan E. O'Carroll2
  1. 1Social Policy Research Unit, University of York, York, UK
  2. 2Department of Psychology, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mairi Harper, Social Policy Research Unit, University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD, UK; mh845{at}york.ac.uk

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We are grateful for the opportunity to respond to Dr Chu and Mr Percy's interesting comments on our paper. We accept that older and younger age may be associated with more medical problems in mothers and this could explain some of the higher mortality in bereaved parents versus non-bereaved parents; however, the increased mortality findings were demonstrated for fathers …

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