Michigan Woman’s Disturbing Story Evidence of Growing Loneliness, says Faith-Based Website

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Followme.org: Story of woman's attachment to corpse of deceased boyfriend points to need for greater attention to epidemic of loneliness in America

Faith-based organizations need to be active in their communities and ready to engage with mourning, hurting people—especially elderly people in need of financial and emotional support."
-Followme.org

A story that has chilled thousands of Americans may be symptomatic of a growing sense of lonliness in our country -- especially among the elderly, according to the faith-based website followme.org.

This week, Michigan news outlets reported the story of Linda Chase, a 72-year-old Jackson woman who allegedly kept her deceased boyfriend and roommate’s corpse in their living room for months before being discovered by local authorities. Chase bathed and dressed her boyfriend, Charles, each day and talked to the body while the couple watched NASCAR races on television, sources said.

Authorities argue that Charles Zigler sat deceased since December 2010, when he died at age 67, according to published reports. Yet, Chase claims that her late boyfriend died as recently as December 2012, according to a story published by the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

Why did Chase react in this way to Zigler’s death? “I didn’t want to be alone. He was the only guy who was ever nice to me,” Chase told the Jackson Citizen Patriot about her late companion.

Today, faith-based website followme.org released the following statement in response to this story:

"FollowMe.org is deeply sorry for Ms. Chase’s loss, and we will keep the Zigler family in our thoughts and prayers over the coming weeks. Rather than responding in jest or insensitivity to Ms. Chase’s behavior, FollowMe.org acknowledges the pain of her loss and seeks to discover the cause for her reaction. We worry that this reaction is symptomatic of growing loneliness in America—especially among elderly Americans.

"Detached from social support systems, community involvement, and family influence, Chase’s response to grief, unfortunately, is only natural. Faith-based organizations need to be active in their communities and ready to engage with mourning, hurting people—especially elderly people in need of financial and emotional support. Apart from that engagement, we can only expect to see these sorts of stories appear more frequently."

Police are still considering pressing charges against Chase, local newspapers reported.

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