Dating again after death of a spouse
Doing so doesn't mean that you forget about your departed spouse, but instead you're opening yourself up to finding someone new.
It's OK if you aren't yet open to the idea of intimacy with a new partner.
Aside from the emotional issues that come with letting go and moving on, it's common to experience some anxiety over dating again after what may be many years of being coupled.
Remind yourself that your new date or partner isn't the same person as your spouse.
My 42-year-old husband, Frank, had been dead for a month, but it still said "Married." Then, in a surreal, only-in-the-21st-century moment, I changed it to "Widowed." I hesitated, but I had to do it: No word but .
I was that, too, but more drastic and sadder than the word usually suggests.
This feeling is magnified if it's been years or decades since you've had to date.
If you're not sure how to meet someone new, and you're sure that you're ready to, ask a friend to fix you up.
Some hope that separation from their spouses might be temporary; mine could be nothing but permanent.