When to start dating after losing a spouse
DEAR ABBY: You once printed a letter from a man who was dying.
The letter was mainly addressed to those who might stand in judgment if she began dating soon after he was gone.
Abby, is there a rule of thumb about how long the widow or widower should wait after the death of the spouse to begin pursuing another relationship? DEAR LONELY: There was a time when it was considered scandalous for a widow or widower to date before a year of mourning had passed.
There are niche dating sites that can help you find a relationship based on your age, interests and your status as a widow.
Begin with reasonable expectations and a willingness to take the time to find someone who respects your situation.
However, today the grieving spouse may begin to date whenever he or she feels ready to do so.