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‘You can love more than one person in your lifetime’: dating after a partner’s death
Abby: Dating after spouse's death OK
Losing a spouse can be devastating, whether the death is sudden or following a long illness. One day you are married; the next day you are single, alone, and grieving. Between the intense emotions, the lifestyle changes, and the many practical considerations that accompany the death of your spouse, you probably feel overwhelmed and anxious about your future. Over time, the grief will likely subside and you will build a new life for yourself.
We harshly judge the widowed when they find new love, but grief and new love can co-exist, say widows and widowers who date again. This article was published more than 3 years ago. Some information in it may no longer be current. Three months after the sudden death of his wife, comedian Patton Oswalt was reeling. Grappling with "the randomness and horror of the universe," Oswalt grieved deeply and publicly.
As widower Abel Keogh notes in the article, "Ten Dating Tips for Widows and Widowers," new love interests in your life "shouldn't have to compete against a ghost. If the loss of a spouse is due to divorce rather than death, there can be the added dimension of bitterness and emotional turmoil caused by the breakup of the relationship. Dating again requires emotional stability and a willingness to be open to a new relationship -- critical components that often only develop with time.
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