Are there any idioms or phrases to describe a continuous occurrence of bad things, but after a lapse of time. For instance, a man was killed, leaving his wife and son. Few months later, the wife was diagnosed with cancer. And after a year, her son passed away.
I am thinking of using the idiom it never rains but it pours. But i have also read on stackexchange that this idiom is better suiting a scenario where bad things happen one after the other in a quick succession