Start Dating after widowhood

Dating after widowhood

But it can be a long, slow process to find a new partner who understands and accepts what you have been through.

And then there’s the reactions of other people to deal with – not least your in laws and your own children, if you’re a parent.

So the best advice is to proceed with caution and to make sure you’re ready before you take the plunge.

When you've lost the person you loved, the idea of dating again can seem almost unthinkable.

Some WAY members make the conscious decision that they will never date anyone else again, because they feel that nobody could ever live up to the partner they have lost.

You may even look around to see if there is anyone you know, as if you are doing something wrong.

That feeling of guilt should lessen after you have gone on several dates.

But if the guilt’s not subsiding, you may not be ready to date again.

Give dating a break and try it later when you are more up to the task.

Most dates will understand if they know it has been awhile since you dated.

Take things slow We miss the kisses, having someone’s head resting on our shoulder and the warm body next to us in bed.

There are discussion threads about new relationships on our Members’ Only website and on our closed Facebook page too – dealing with topics ranging from telling the in-laws about a new romance to when is the right time to take off your wedding ring.