Dating after the death of your husband

I would have been dating again within a year if I had not been in a car accident that put me out of action for 9 months.

How long does a widow/widower typically wait to start dating again? I was lonely for several years before my husband died.

If you have minor children, let your dates know that you don’t have an ex to help out with the kids and you must make your kids your priority.

If you decide that you don't want to introduce your dates to your children unless things are fairly serious, let you dates know this from the beginning.

Everyone mourns differently, so widows/widowers must be careful not to let other people dictate the speed of their recovery.”“Too many variables to say what is right for anyone the old year thing is probably wise as a minimum. I didn’t quite make the 1 year wait to date thing…and I made a mess, I think I will use 5 years to remarry as a minimum.“This is variable, and having been married to a widower, been widowed and later marrying another widower as well as encountering several men on the widow/widower board, I have noticed that men seem to be ready earlier than women.

Also, if the person was terminally ill and that illness took a long time to run it’s course, the widowed person may have done a lot of grieving prior to the actual occurrence of death and might be ready to date earlier than ‘the experts’ predict.

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