Broken heart syndrome is a very real medical condition. There's no real way to prevent it but there are steps you can take or help someone take to help them ease the mental and physical effects associated with it.
I always wondered what would happen if you didn't pay for a funeral? Would they dig up the dearly departed and bring them back to your house? The cost of funerals varies from state to state, guess what state is going to really stick it to your wallet as a final parting shot?