Dating a Widower

Perhaps dating a widower wasn't something you had imagined, if you are new or are just getting back to the dating and romance scene. If you have just met someone who has lost his spouse, there are a few things that will help you understand how to date a widower so that your new relationship has the best chance of success.

Men and women will take some amount of time to heal and get over the loss of a loved one. Beginning a new relationship isn't easy. And this is why it isn't advisable to get into one before the grieving stages are over. But if you want to proceed with dating a widowed man, you may have to develop some understanding or empathy and shouldn't complain.

While there is fragility in every relationship, a widower learning how to date again often brings a different set of issues to a new relationship. When dating a widowed man especially a young widower, you will need to be sensitive to the loss of his wife. He will be talking about his wife frequently. Perhaps he is trying to communicate clearly about his feelings of grief or guilt, after being married for many years.

Just because he is dating you, does not mean that he is prepared for a serious relationship. He might like your companionship. But he will need some time before he overcomes the feeling that he is betraying his late wife by starting a new relationship.

But or course at some point, you may want to be able to cut that conversation off and focus on your relationship.

Here are more tips and advice for dating a widower.

If your partner finds ways to avoid introducing you to his social and family circle, he might feel that he is moving too fast. Give him time until he thinks he is ready. Once your relationship starts to blossom, he might then allow you to meet his children and the other important people in his life.

If your widower is attracted to you because you remind him of his past wife, it is a red flag going up. Use caution if he is constantly comparing you to the way things used to be. The familiarity of a marriage may make the transition difficult for him who has been used to things done in a certain way. Being able to make that distinction is an important part of how to date a widower.

While he may not have removed the pictures of his wife and himself from the home at the beginning of dating, a man that has created a "shrine" for his wife may indicate that he isn't ready to start dating or a new relationship. Part of the natural process is that as his new relationship blossoms, the pictures from his previous life will find a place that isn't in the forefront.

Remember that when dating a widowed man, or any new relationship, taking it slow and easy will help you succeed. It might not be the right time, or you might not have the right man. But using your best judgment and keeping a sensitive heart will help you foster a long and lasting relationship when the right one comes along, widower or not.

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