Family: JoePa did not die of broken heart- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Moreover, men don’t possess the same coping mechanisms as women do, said George Dickinson, professor of sociology at the College of Charleston and author of “Understanding Dying, Death, and Bereavement.”

“For men of Mr. Paterno’s generation, work was everything, and after retirement they don’t really know what to do with themselves,” he said, noting that women are able to form support groups or express emotions in times of great loss. “Men like Mr. Paterno were trained to be stoic.”

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