I Married Young. I Was Widowed Young. I Never Want A Long-Term Partner Again
Dating is complicated. Grief is complicated. Swirl those together and things can get pretty messy. As always, at the end of the article, you will find our wild and wonderful comment section, where we welcome your thoughts and experiences. So, you may want to start by checking out these posts about grief and then reading this post on how to support someone grieving.
Although when romance involves someone whose husband has died, confusion may come along with the territory. A widow or widower's reactions to the dating process don't always follow the same patterns at the same time as those of people who are divorced or have never married. Surviving spouses may feel torn between honoring the memory of their deceased loved individual and pursuing their own happiness. Dating a widow or widower may abide patience, a willingness to embrace the spouse who has died, and a commitment to step gingerly when it comes to introductions to friends after that family. And it's not right designed for everyone.