When to start dating after losing a spouse

by  |  04-Sep-2016 20:12

DEAR ABBY: You once printed a letter from a man who was dying.

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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.

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