Community Q&A It is no different than dating anyone else with a few exceptions.Each person is unique and the love they had for their late-love should always be a part of them.It is healthy to go through a normal grief process and dating.
A widowed partner who comes from a mutually satisfying relationship tends to take longer to find love.
That person knows what it takes to sustain fulfillment and growth.
The commitment to each other has taught the importance of recognizing needs and priorities—and the newly widowed doesn’t want to compromise.
Studies also reveal that the degree of happiness in the relationship can affect how soon a person feels comfortable dating or falling in love again.
But time plays only one part in the decision of when to date.
(Leslie Beth) Wish is a psychologist and social worker. She has been a speaker for non-profit, corporate and university organizations. Wish offers sound, research-based relationship advice that makes sense — specializing in issues such as smart dating, women’s relationship advice, career coaching, healthy families, sexual dysfunction, and leadership training. Here are the three top questions of many widows and widowers. Women tend to wait until approximately the ninth month. The range of time is much greater—some people never date again and others date by the third month. Few of us want to be alone in our later years, yet anyone who is married or in a long-term committed relationship knows that the chance of facing widowhood is high—especially for women who live slightly longer. Several studies indicate that widowers begin to date by around the sixth month.Many times it can be easier long-term to date a widowed person because there is no "ex" in the picture.If the person has children this creates a new dynamic as with any relationship.A person might expect mixed levels of acceptance/rejection from different people in the family.These mixed levels of acceptance and rejection are things you can talk about and reassure everyone of your intentions and non-intentions.