How long after death of spouse before dating
I was lonely for several years before my husband died.
You shouldn’t have to be responsible for your date’s healing process.
In my opinion, it is important for two people in a relationship to be strong enough that they can be a complete person to offer to another.
I do not think that someone who is in a great deal of mental pain is a good candidate for a relationship.
Also, if the person was terminally ill and that illness took a long time to run its course, the widowed person may have done a lot of grieving prior to the actual occurrence of death and might be ready to date earlier than ‘the experts’ predict.
For me, it was 18 months before I considered dating again.
If you search for ‘widow dating’ or ‘widower dating’—you’ll find a plethora of stories and solutions to ‘getting back out there again.’ While it means well—and is likely, solid information—sometimes, the most important person to ask is, well, yourself.