So often my clients ask about dating a widower. Is it a red flag? Should I proceed with caution? Is it a losing proposition? And my answer may surprise you: widowers are some of they best, most eligible, grownup men out there. Well, for starters, a man who had a good, long marriage can be a great catch! He probably knows how to love, communicate, commit, work through problems and misses being married.
It has no bearing on how I feel about him. Our relationship is on extremely rocky ground right now. I do know that after telling him, even with all of the consequences, I felt relieved.
Feel free to send me a message and we exchange pictures and maybe someday coffee. Hello Marcus I trust you will find happiness in love again. I understand. Please respond if you wish. Single in NC. I dated a widower for two and a half months this past summer. It was a very sudden and unexpected relationship. I knew who he was and actually taught one of his sons about 15 years ago he is 24 now. We had a wonderful couple of months together and got to know each other very well.
Our communication was excellent. It was a very passionate, healhty, and respectful relationship. He spoke often about his late wife whom I knew earlier as the teacher of her child and I was very open about my children. We both agreed that our children come first and that if any issues should arrise with our children i. I shared with him early on my anxiety about me having young children 8 and 11 and his being older 22 and He told me not to lose sleep over it and encouraged me to relax about the issue.
After letting my guard down and allowing the relationship to proceed, he ended up breaking things off because his boys started to get him thinking about the fact that I have young boys. He is a little older than me and moving into retirement mode a little sooner than I would be as well. He said maybe he would feel differently in a month but he did not want to lead me on and hurt me.
I know he is very genuine and I respect his decision. However, we really connected and cared for each other. We ended up seeing and being with each other a few times in the six weeks following the break-up and found it difficult to be apart.
He kept saying he is trying to figure things out. She had a terrible battle with cancer. I am lost. I am trying to accept this.
I think maybe the whole relationship was too soon for him. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated. How do I read him? Was it too soon? There are so many things I can relate to with your experience. I love d this woman widow more than anyone I have ever been in relationship with.
We lasted about a year and it was amazing, but I am not anything like her departed husband from 2 years ago if that really matters as I was not trying to be a replacement for him. She also told me if it were just her and I things would be different.
Needless to say there is much heartbreak from my side and possibly hers as well. All you can probably really do is to let him be, wish him well and know if it is not him there will be someone come into your life and you will see why things worked out the way they have.
As hard as it is though, maybe it is the best for all of you. You will find your partner on the path doing the things you love. Seeking advice. He has no children as his late wife was 16 years older than him. I thought he had gone through the grieving process as her death was not sudden. It was a long battle with cancer. He always wanted children, but she was unable to have any and that pains him a great deal and the fact that I have three kids myself scares him because he gets attached to kids very easily and it would kill him if he met mine and we broke up.
Would it be wise to ask him to tell me about her? About them? I have met a widower and he and I, share that we have both gone through a devastating loss. It is a very new relationship, and one of the things that we have in common is that we know how grief affected the person left behind. It is a relief to be able just to be yourself and to have open and honest frank conversations about the depths of grief and how we do our best to live a life as best as we can without our partner or child.
I am hopeful, its been nearly five years for the both of us and I think that we will are about to embark on something exceptional. Neither one of us will ever replace the family member we lost, but we can help each other find happiness in caring and committed way.
I never thought I would be dating a widower, and I am sure he was not planning on meeting someone who had lost a child within the same period of loss.
Only time will tell if we can find a happy ever after, following such loss and tragedy in our lives. I will keep you all posted as to how we get on. One thing I will say to each individual who has experienced loss, and to those dating someone has suffered a loss.
Life is too short, and we have to try our best to find happiness and contentment in our lives. Please help, my best friend died of cancer two years back. Five months down the road, her husband called me and said he wanted to meet and talk to me. We met and after long conversation pertaining our experiences on our beloved ones, he changed the story and told me he wanted to fall in love with me infact to marry me.
I was so shocked. My questions to him were. Is that why you called me? Is it not too early for you to begin thinking of remarrying? He said he would give it time. Two years down the road, I thought the man had already forgotten and moved on with his life but the man is back to me and very serious in a relationship.
He tells me that there is no other person that he knows very well other than me. I have been a very good friend to his wife and even their children give me respect. I have been with them through thin and thick. However, I came to know him through his wife because she was my best friend then she introduced me to the family.
This man has never ask for love from me when the wife was still alive. I am a single mother of a daughter aged 25 years. I feel I am used to my own life and very comfortable with it but the man does not want to give me space.
I also feel I will be betraying my friend though she is gone. What do I do?. I am a widow dating a widower. We both have children, and I am a year ahead in my loss then him. Everything always seems to be in such a good place, but I find that he and his children grieve differently then my children and I.
This is not really an issue, everyone grieves differently. Just wanted to hear others thoughts on this. I am a widower, my wife died 5 months ago. I spent 1 month in seclusion and mourned her passing. We were married for 36 years and had two children, and two grandchildren.
Life was great until she got sick and died. I loved her very much and treated her like a queen. She kept busy after her husband died and it sounds like she did not grieve.
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She had a series of relationships that did not last. Now I am the only boyfriend that has lasted for over a month. She has taken me to meet her daughter and 3 grandchildren locally. Then she is taking me out of town to meet her son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.
I love this woman, but I am not sure she loves me as much as I love her. We are leaving in a few days time to meet her son and his family. The meeting with her daughter and her family went very well. Mike its too early for you to be dating. But 5 months after your wife died is too soon, even if you spent 1 whole month in secluded mourning. One of the big things widow er s are warned against is starting new romantic relationships too soon. Its very tempting because we have a big empty spot in our life where our spouse used to be.
We sooo much want that void filled again! I dated a widower for over 8 years living together for 7. From day one his adult children made it difficult. I have not had 1 birthday or xmas card nor been permitted to meet his 3 grandchildren. I was treated like filth while my family welcomed him with open arms. To cut a long story short his life was made so difficult seeing grandchildren etc that he left me.
I am in utter devestation and feel so used. Perhaps I was a band aid for 8 years. Sad thing is we shared everything and loved each other s much but evidently I was nothing compared to the ghost!! Unless you have in fact been in a relationship with a widow or widower you cannot give professional advice. Just like someone not married giving marital advice or someone who doesnt have children giving parenting advice.
I have been seeing a widower for about 5 years. His wife has been gone for over 8. He wants me to move in with him. His son recently was in the hospital. Same hospital his wife died in, and says he gets depressed every time he goes up there. To me, he makes it about him and not anyone else. There are other things that he works the same way. What should I do? You arent being understanding enough. Of course the hospital his wife died in will make him depressed everytime he is there.
It reminds him of death! The fact that his son was there is making him anxious because it brings up memories of death and how his son might die too. He isnt making it about himself, he is merely expressing how he feels to someone who thought understands him. I feel you are the one not ready to be in a relationship with a widower.
My husband of 20 years was murdered in I have attending hos murder trial, I have been fighting for justice for him, mobilizing his comrades to help me fight.
We even made partu regallia bearing his photo since he was a politician. We all planned to wear these on the trial dates. My new boyfriend would stop talking to me. I decided to pull the plug. He puts things on social media for my friends and family plus me to see saying never forgotten. Am I being unreasonable? I really wish I had someone I could talk to and who could shed some light on this topic. Makes me wonder if he needs help to process his grief.
Have not dated and after reading these comments I doubt if I ever will. I had a great marriage and feel that I could bring so many good things to a relationship but these comments make it seem like a daunting task. Not all people are the same. If you think you might want to date again, there is someone out there willing to accept the situation as it is. For those of us who have never dated a widow er this is uncharted territory and those who truly care about the other will be patient and try to understand.
In my situation, my father is also a widower and was for many years before I connected with my guy, so I have a little insight, both from watching my dad and having lost someone I care about deeply my mom.
My advice, just be as open and honest as you can manage. I have been dating a widower for just over a year, and recently my kids and I moved into his home.
His late wife passed away 3 months before we turned our work friendship into something more, she had been sick for over a year and he said his grieving had started when she was diagnosed with cancer years ago. For months I have been dealing with his Mom and some neighbors spreading rumors about me to other family and friends, assuming I am in the relationship for money.
He always has my back. Any way, I make my own money and have supported my kids and myself for over 8 years. He always wanted to travel, camp, and be active and the late wife and him always settled for not doing much.
Their relationship was ending before she was diagnosed but being married for over 20 years, they were still best friends and he loved her so he took care of her while she was sick.
No-one knows she was cheating on him and was leaving him for another man, and they should never know, I just wish they could leave me alone because it hurts. I would never treat him like that, nor take anything from him.
They dont know me, and refuse to get to know me while constantly putting her in a spotlight of being the most amazing person. This has been hard. He asks his Mom to stop, but we get texts and calls from his friends saying she was talking about me and was worried I was taking his money she lives across the country thank goodness. Its just been such an uphill battle.
On top of all that I am noticing things at the house that still have his late wife name and pics around. Every time I walk through the front door I see a welcome sign that has their last name and first name above the entry outside. Plus her large memorial picture still hangs in the garage. I am having a difficult time feeling like this place is ours because of that. All of her decorations are still up, the kitchen is still filled with the things she picked out.
Its been hard not feeling like I live in the shadow of a dead woman. I feel like a jerk if I were to take them down, or ask him to. Its all so new to me, and has been such an uphill battle, but I truly love him and want us to have an amazing life together.
His wife of 40 years past away only weeks before we met. But we are making this work because when we are together it feels right. Yes, her photos are up. Yes, he talks about her a lot. Yes, he occasionally shows signs of depression and is overcome with tears of grief. But he will in time learn to live with her passing and make room I.
His heart for me. He is a sensitive soul. Going it alone is not in his nature. He needs someone and if not me it would be someone else, maybe someone not so understanding or who is does not feel threatened by his past. He is healing and learning to grieve in a healthy way no drink, no drugs, no hiding his head in the sand. I was widowed almost a year ago- at 30 years old- when my husband was killed in a motorcycle accident.
My husband was my first love. We were married for 10 years and have two kids. Recently a sweet guy started dating me.
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I told him I was not ready to commit but he was persistent that he was willing to wait. I cried so much because he had been keeping me company and calling me when I felt alone and I missed the feeling of having someone there for me, listening to me, and assuring me he loved me. A day later I unblocked him because I felt like he deserved more explanation and a chance to express how he feels. Then he convinced me to give love a chance and to stop thinking so much. He told me to stop thinking love is so complicated.
I tried to give love a chance. One day later I cut off all contact again. This time I am not going back because in this experience I realized that I am definitely not ready to love. I want the companionship but not the feeling that I have to try to convert my mind over to loving someone so different than my husband. Using my heart and trying to love someone right now is like driving a car with no air in the tires. I lost myself when I lost my husband and I am still trying to learn to love me.
Hi I also lost my husband when I had just turned 32 after 10 years of marriage and two children. My husband honestly could not of hand picked someone better for me. The feelings of guilt and worry and thought of going through that again over shadows the joy quite often. I wish you all the beat on your journey, it truly takes a toll on the heart, soul and mind.
Thank you for writing this article and providing an opportunity for discussion in the comments section. I firmly believe every relationship requires investment from both parties. One thing I learned from my hardest thing ever, is that there is no right way to do anything. There is only the way that feels best and sometimes that is super difficult to determine.
In terms of a relationship after being widowed, our plan is to continue to work with our therapists individually, eventually work with them together and along the way, read articles like this and discuss them together. After reading the questions and comments all interring some offensive. Is it any wonder why widows try to date widowers? Think if it like this? Can you erase halfyour life or more? Please be sensible.
My husband and I have been married for 12 years. We have a daughter together and he is a stepdad to my 2 children from a previous marriage. My kids accepted him. His past relationship was with his best friend and he shared in raising her 2kids. They had not been in relationship in 10years other than friends. They lived together. She past away during a time where he was unable to be there. The kis moved far away. He kept in close contact with them. They were family he raised then from the age of 18mo and 3years old.
I have more empathy than anyone should have so know i would never replace their mom. They always ask how life is treating us and he never mentions me or our life together. I think life would be so much better if open communication and acceptance was there i have so much love and respect for his past life so much that it kills me dailey. I broke a promise to my grandfather that i made him the night before he died. It was if i ever had a girl to give her my grandmas name.
Their mom had the same name so i had to out of respect for them break a promise to the man i loved more than life my poppop. I am dating a widow. We are both 52 now. We met 5 years ago, 2 years after her husband died. They had a daughter, 16, and a son, 14 at the time of his death. I have 2 sons ages 30 and I am the only person she has dated since her husband died. We have a long distance 50 miles relationship. It began with emails for the first 3 months. Then we got together for the first time we knew each other in high school and hit it off.
At the time we started our relationship, she was still struggling to find happy moments in her days but she is very strong and took care of her kids and the new jobs she had to take care of around the house for the first time. She said that during those first two years she just felt normal at work where she had her job to do. She started having happy moments.
We hit it off and things went very well. I heard from many of the family members that they were happy to see her smiling and happy again. They are all very accepting of me as well.
Things were going very well. We saw each other often. We had not made detailed plans for our future, but we both expected that our future was together. These things changed a few months ago. The calls she would make the calls, I had the morning text and communication were starting to lessenby quite a bit.
When we got together, I said I needed to talk to her and she said that we really needed to. She explained that she started having those same feelings she was having before we starting getting to know each other. She is filled with grief for her husband. The kids are now in college or graduated from college. She is really struggling with grief right now and she is pulling away from me.
A few weeks ago, we talked and agreed the expected calls, communications, etc. She needed space from me. We still talk occasionally and see each other a little bit, but I am really struggling and want to do the right thing. She used to know that she wanted to spend the rest of her life with me and now she just thinks the future is an unknown. I am struggling with how to move forward. I wonder if it is best for me to give her space no communication as that will allow the grieving process to move forward, or if I should be there at the random times she reaches out.
I love these moments, but I feel like they are random moments of happiness surrounded by emptiness and stress. Perhaps I am looking for words of wisdom or maybe I just needed to pour out my thoughts. When I wrote about the things that her husband is missing and she is missing the chance to share, it makes her feelings seem so much easier to understand. Hi, Frank. I never hear from her anymore and sometimes I wonder if I was just being used.
It hurts like hell not having her in my life like I once did. I think these are the chances one takes when dating a widow. Their lives are so complicated. Even if they are ready to move on, their lives may not be. For me, I try to focus on making myself better, going out with others even if I still miss herand dropping her a line every now and then to make her laugh and know she is cared about. Thanks for sharing your story. Hi Frank. I am a widow myself and am struggling to move on. One minute I want to be with my new boyfriend but next minute I want to be alone.
I would say give her time be patient with her, grieving is the most complex phenomenon no one can ever begin to define.
It comes in different shapes and colors everyday. I am in that situation as a 3 year old widow. Be patient with her if you really love her.
I have been dating a widower for two and a half years. He has been widowed for 7. He has met everybody in my family, has been invited to every family function, etc. I have never met anyone in his family. He has one grown daughter33, who only wants her dad to be with his deceased wife, or so he tells me.
I am baffled and extremely hurt by all of this. Any thoughts.? Oh and nothing has been touched since his wife died 7 years ago. All her belongings are still on her dresser, clothes still hanging in the closet, clothes in her drawers, shoes, pocketbooks, you name it.
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Hi Peggy Did you get any answers? My boyfriend is a widower of 8 years. He had a girlfriend of 4 years, then one for 1 year and me for one year now. And I think dating in the gaps. He has 2 adult married sons, one is a consultant. The one son and wife live 2 roads away, the other in 30 miles away but comes up to work near my bf town, plus wife works close by.
The house has not been changed since her death. Nothing at all. I had to ask him to remove her personal effects including hair decorations and handbags and pictures of them together off the dressing table as I felt I was waiting for her to walk in the bedroom when we were in bed.
I got the answers you got. They tolerate me and when he had other girlfriends but ate not overly welcoming. They have their own homes but want mums night with him every single week. I find it extremely hard. I do t care about the villages if photos of her throughout the entire house, or the stuff they accrued in their life but the Wednesday exclusion is very hard for me.
This Wednesday vigil, plus the museum plus screensaver on his monitor is of her just feels too much. He deleted WhatsApp messages he sent her. I feel bad for him as I finished with him now. I feel torn. I am a divorcee of a marriage of 29 years.
I met a beautiful woman over a year ago and we have been committed to each other, however, our relationship has been rocky. First, my SO is a widow. She was married to him a short time 2 years before he met an untimely death in a vehicle accident over 5 years ago. She insists she was ready to move on when we started dating. I continued seeing her because I figured I would gain a friend, and we would be friends to help each other in our journey.
So, in time the rings came off, and due to a home renovation project the pictures are down for now. Whether they get resurrected at a later date I am not sure at this time. I love this woman more than anything, and she tells me the same. But, we have a rocky relationship now.
I have tried to embrace her past, understanding and being empathetic to her plight, and, comforting her when she is down. But, it is causing me distress as it seems there is still many parts of her CURRENT life that I am being omitted from, and, not being allowed to enter. At times we are happy and friends and family thing we are a couple. However if I am not around, you might think she is married and has a relationship with her deceased husband.
I am trying, trying to work with this scenario but I am having sleepless nights now. If she is not ready why does she say she is? And, am I being selfish? Any and all input would be appreciated.
Thank You. Hi, Ron. A few thoughts, since you asked for feedback. Many people wear wedding rings for a long period. The reasons vary.
Dating a widower may also mean that if you hope for marriage bells in your future, it may take longer before he is ready. It may take three to five years, or longer, before a widower is ready for remarriage, according to the organization TwoofUs in its website post "Preparing for . Take it slow: dating a widowed man isn't like an ordinary relationship; cut him some slack, go one step at a time, give him time to heal, let him be the one to decide what speed he wants you guys to go, etc. I loved reading all your information on dating a widower. I have been dating a widower for 14 months now and love him very much. His wife died of cancer 3 yrs ago in June he adored her for 30 yrs they have 2 grown up kids. He is closer with her family than his own today. His house is a shrine to her.
Though she was married to him a short time, she may have experienced traumatic grief due to the sudden loss. She may have been reluctant or unable to make changes for awhile.
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Maybe your HVAC works better! Social media means different things to different people. Maybe her pages are only to promote her business or keep up with distant cousins. But does he make as much money? I see that this is a very old blog but still, I am in need of some direction and you all seem very well versed in this specific situation.
So, I am a divorcee x 2 both times it was due to infidelity on their parts, the first time we had been together for 17 years and a wonderful marriage and 2 beautiful children and the 2nd lasted only 3 hellish years, thankfully God did NOT allow children to be created. So I have been single for the past 5 years and have always felt like one of my purposes in life is to be a Wife, even though I was robbed from it twice, I still believe Love exists and am ready for it. Yes, you guessed it, I have met a Widower and he has stolen my heart.
So, only 2 months after her death, he and I met. He has had many ups and down for the past 6 months but all-in-all we have gotten through them all. I am irrevocably in love with this man, he is everything I have prayed for in a mate. He loves God more than anything and desires to serve him with his whole heart, as do I. We have many many things in common but there are a few things that cause me concern and I am asking for a little direction from those of you that may have some answers to help me.
Am I being foolish, or is this something that is normal behavior?
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Could someone please help! Thanks, and God Bless- Tricia. Oh Tricia, slow downno need to rush into anything. God bless.
Hi, Tricia. I would mean such as a compliment but would likely trip over my tongue saying it. The good news is You can certainly revisit that. Can you tell me more about what you meant. Lots of us experience those left in our lives never mentioning our departed and never saying their name.
Did you and Zelda plant those together or were you always the chief gardener here? Once in a while you might reference your first husband if only in a story about your kids, right? In addition it might help him to talk to a counselor or visit a grief support group. Or, there are some great articles on this site that you might suggest to him. What a powerful thing that is in a name. I will use your advice in my relationship with a widower. When my boyfriend calls me by my name it still surprises me.
Further hindering this process is the sheer fact he may go round and round in circles for years. Some take it to the grave.
That said, it by no means indicates his love or feelings for you. Having been there myself, in my opinion, the best thing you can do at this point is: 1. Try to lose all your expectations of him.
To be frank, you will never understand his state of mind. Besides, until you know what you are truly dealing with here, you could be ruining the best thing that ever happened to both of you.
For the first 2 years my heart ached every minute of every day. To a slightly lesser degree, my heart continued to ache for the next 2 years and still does at more random times for random periods. There have been times when I have resigned myself to the fact that the day he died my heart went with him. Then one day I met up with an old work colleague I had not spoken to in 18mths.
He told me he lost his 41yo wife 3mths earlier to cancer just one year after diagnosis. I was shocked. I immediately felt his pain. Then just like that, he asked me out. I was quite shocked, but accepted anyway, I think mainly because we understood each other.
However, I soon realised how different his grief was from mine. At one point I had to slap myself for being a bit judgemental about the time he had spent grieving. The point here is, grief IS different for everyone. Had this man come into my life say 4. Mainly because we could have given each other valuable support and a reason to move on. That way you will be in a far better position to understand and support him with effective strategies and guidance to move on. You need to give him is a reason to move on.
We can stay here for years. The only way I can explain what happens is, the day our spouse died, we did not accept this as final.
Somehow, we end up continuing our relationship with a dead person into the future, almost the same as if they were still alive today.
If he does end up taking his previous relationship with him into the future, it is impossible to determine when he will come out of this state of mindif he ever does.
Contrary to what he may or may not think, he definitely needs someone in his life. I believe, if caught earlyish, with the right approach and strategies, having a person there who you can be needy with when you need it, significantly helps people through their grieving process.
Further, having a person you have a calm, intimate relationship with, is another level again. Sometimes we just need an unconditional hug. Sometimes we just need to fall asleep lying next to and touching the person we care for in the present.
Not only does it help take away the pain in our heart, but it helps us realise there is life without the person who died. We have permission to enjoy the rest of our life. But most of all we allow ourselves to move in to the next relationship.
Both well written and for those who like Harry Potter, both good books. Probably not. Nor should you be. Because this does not necessarily mean he likes that book better. It simply means he liked the way Ron drove the flying carno different to the things you love and remember from your previous relationships.
ALL relationships are different. Your relationship with this man is neither better nor worse to him right now. If you can help him do this, you will probably have his heart. It may be a long road. It may not. It works miracles. I hope this helps. All the best x. I have been dating a wonderful man who is a widower for two years. He was married for 35 years.
He will always be married to his late wife, and I need a chance to find someone who will see me as the love of his life. I am dating a widower and he expresses a lot of love for me and talks about spending the rest of our lives together. I am love him. He is truly wonderful. I respect that he will always be married to his late wife, will have pictures of her in his home, and expects to see her again after death. I had a long and very difficult marriage that ended in divorce.
My lovely wife died 6 months ago leaving me with 3 kids aged 14, 11, and 5 years. My grieis so much. She died of breast cancer that took evrything we worked for before she died. Sometimes life can be so mischivious. Is it possible to find a widow to marry who can assist me with the training of the children? They have become good friends, but none can replace the precious lost love of my life. My heart remains empty.
I was in love with my husband from the time I was seventeen. More importantly, I met my best friend and soul mate when I was seventeen. But there were all kinds of complications and issues.
His first wife died when I was twenty, which I was sad to hear because I had been fond of her. He was devastated, and his knee jerk reaction to his loss was to start dating me six weeks later. He was older than I was, but that was never an issue. Things were really great, I thought. I knew it was way too soon for him to be thinking that way, and the thought of taking on his three kids so soon after they had lost there mother seemed like a really bad idea - especially since his oldest daughter is only four years younger than me!
So I did the right thing and we stopped dating, but we stayed best friends and stayed close. But he was married. We actually worked together for several years and then when I was twenty-five I was married to an old boyfriend. Of course, three months after I got married he filed for divorce. Shortly after my divorce was final Tom and I were finally married in late Our son was born in and things were really wonderful.
At least until just after my older son graduated from high school in He had an incredibly invasive surgery to remove a kidney and clean out as much of the cancer as they could, then he went through a full round of chemotherapy. Things seemed good for awhile.
But then the cancer came back. He went through chemo again, then went through the collection of his stem cells to attempt a stem cell transplant. Once that was all set to go, he became an inpatient so they could do the extremely high dose chemo to kill everything in his body before they could reintroduce his stem cells. But something went horribly wrong.
His body could not handle the high dose chemo and his organs began to fail. He had to be placed on a ventilator and then had to be sedated. After several heartbreaking weeks in the ICU, I had to make the decision to let him go. He died two weeks after our son turned thirteen, passing away nine days before Christmas. So we were married for fifteen years, but we had been best friends for almost thirty years.
So, married fifteen years and now a widow for fifteen years. I would absolutely like to believe I could still have a close, loving relationship with another person.
But in fifteen years I have had two spectacularly awful dates, both from online matches. Apparently the world of online dating is pretty darn weird, unless you get lucky and find that one human being that must be out there somewhere. I am retired, I am not a church goer, I am not a bar person, and I am now sixty-four years old. How on earth am I supposed to meet a nice, single, straight man anywhere approaching my age? Is it back to the online dating sites?
It seems like you can exchange one or two nice e-mails that way, but then things start to get strange. So I have no difficulty dealing with the pitfalls of dating a widower - I have already fine-tuned that skill before. But where, how do I even find a good man who is willing to take a shot with a perfectly good albeit lonely woman? When my wife of 47 years died, I realized that I did not fully understand the grief of losing a spouse.
I am fortunate to have remarried. Dating again was scary. I never used an online dating program. I only considered someone that I already knew from my social network. Over a year after my wife died, I asked out a widow whose husband had died 18 months before my late wife.
I did not know her late husband. She had met my late wife once. We understand that love is not finite. We can love more than one person. I had six grandchildren before remarrying.
I love her like my other grandchildren. We openly talk about our late spouses frequently, which allows us to discuss events from our entire life, not just the months or years in the new relationship.
I continue to love my late wife and as well as my present wife. We were very clear from the beginning of our relationship that we were not replacing the previous spouse. I would be guess that you also remarried a woman who is at least 10 years younger than you are!
I have watched that happen so many times. My own father remarried a woman 10 years younger than himself. She was my mother. I have watched and decided that this is what most widowed men choose to do!
In our culture, it is much easier for a man to remarry than for a woman to remarry. The man has a much wider field to choose from. One reason is there are so many more widows than widowers left alone.
Another reason is that men are typically the aggressor who pursues. Most women are not comfortable in being the one to start the relationship. We wait for the men to ask us. You had the freedom to decide when, where, and who to ask. Most women would rather be pursued than be the pursuer!
Dating A Widower Who 'Almost' Loves You 02/14/ am ET ated Dec 06, On occasions when he makes no mention of his late wife, you and your widower have a great time butterfishny.com: Sienna Jae Fein. Dec 15, When dating someone who's a widower, respect the loss they've experienced and the changes they may have went through or may still be going through. But also respect yourself. It may be that you have a wonderful relationship with a wonderful person ahead of you, or it may be that your time with this person is another chance to butterfishny.com: Ashley Papa. Apr 11, responses on "Dating A Widow or Widower: FAQs" kabunga David May 2, at am Reply. I am a 59 year old widow of 7 years, I was a caregiver for my husband for 5 years and then 18 months later became the caregiver for my mother until the her death along with my stepfather (a month apart) early I have been dating a.
But, now as a widow it is not a fun or hopeful game at the age of I, too, had a wonderful and happy married life for over 40 years. My whole life has totally changed. I not only miss him but the life I had with him.
They tend to pick someone much younger. So this game just gets harder, the older a widow becomes. I have no desire to even look at a man who is over Why would I when the chance of him dying is so high?!?
Only God knows how a widow really feels. I continue to go visit with LH mom so is turning 84 on February 22, But now feel like I need to sneak around to see her. Which makes me feel sad for him, since I know she would really like him. Find someone else.
There are plenty of people who are whole enough to deal with the fact that you are still part of those people and they are still a part of you. The best ones can integrate and make room for the memories of your life with the other people while you make a new life with a new person. Not all the memories are good and I talk about those too. Also, Tammy. Encouraging a widower to "Move on with your life" or "Stop moping around" may seem helpful, but such phrases can inspire guilt or stall a widower's grief process.
Instead, offering words of kindness, such as "Your wife sounds like she was a wonderful woman. Your partner may fall into the habits he shared with his wife and encourage you to participate.
He want to visit the same spots they visited or spend the weekends at his former in-laws' cabin. Gently suggesting new places to vacation, or taking on a new hobby together - such as taking a ballroom dancing class or volunteering with a local charity - can help the two of you bond and focus on the present, according to the Center for Behavioral Health in its website article "Things to Consider When You Marry a Widow or Widower.
If you find that you are repeatedly ignored or insulted by his family, talk to your boyfriend in private about the effect this behavior has on you.
He may be able to remind them that although they are grieving, their actions are hurting someone who has nothing to do with his late wife's death. It is natural for widowers to feel guilty when first approaching dating, and they may need to adjust the pace of your relationship. Remember that this is not a personal slight - but a step that can ensure both of you are emotionally healthy enough to push things forward when the time is right.
Dating a widower may also mean that if you hope for marriage bells in your future, it may take longer before he is ready. It may take three to five years, or longer, before a widower is ready for remarriage, according to the organization TwoofUs in its website post "Preparing for Remarriage. Candice Coleman worked in the public school system as a middle school and high school substitute teacher.
In addition to teaching, she is also a tutor for high school and college students. Conversations may focus heavily on a widower's life with his late spouse. Meet Singles in your Area! Try Match. Relationship Readiness A widower may use dating as a way to heal the pain of losing his wife, or he may unconsciously be seeking a replacement for her, according to the organization Widow's Hope in its website post "Dating and Marriage.