Dating the First Year of Widowhood

What do you think about dating within the first year of being a widow? This is a complicated topic and even widows have different opinions on this issue. What’s important is that no matter what we think, we always respect the opinion of other widows to do what is right for them.

4 Responses

  1. Patty
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    Moving into the second year and I’m getting closer, but still not ready. My husband occupies my heart.

  2. Deb Poynter
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    I have been a widow for 7 and a half years. I got into a relationship six months after my husband passed. I was looking to replace him. It didn’t work out and ended after three years. Being from the university of hard knocks, I tried again to have a relationship with someone six months later, again it did not work out. the problem was that i was lonely and I was looking for a man to be the man my late husband was. Of course no two people are the same and no two relationships are the same. What i had with my late husband took 30 years to build, and living with a new man is not that he same. My advice is to wait and date if you are lonely, but date for a long time before you move in together, just to be sure you know the real other person and you have given yourself enough time to decide if you are wiling to live with that person’s real person and not who you think they are. PS I am 56 now.

  3. Glenda Hebert
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    It took me almost 8 years to begin dating. Everyone is different but for me I needed to find “ me” before I could possibly allow someone else in. I’d been a caregiver for over 7 years to my husband and I just needed some down time but when it hit me it hit with a vengeance. I suddenly felt as though I was running out of time which caused me to make several poor judgement calls. After getting myself together I realized if it was meant to be, it would. I stopped looking and low and behold the most wonderful man came into my life. He’s the kind of man women dream of. It’s been almost 2 years and we’ve recently become engaged. I’m 66 and he’s 71. Life is beautiful!

  4. Pat
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    I married young and enjoyed sharing my life with my husband of 32 yrs.

    I left my parents home, lived with my older siblings, then married my husband. It’s been only 6 months. I feel I need to rediscover myself.

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