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How long does a widow/widower typically wait to start dating again? I was lonely for several years before my husband died.

The widow(er) will make this decision for themselves, but the important thing is that you are about to discuss, respect and be comfortable with the amount of time they’ll need.

Is it common for widow(er)s to compare new dates to their former spouse?

It is one thing to be supportive and allow space for the feelings and ebbs and flows of emotion which diminish over time, but I don’t think a person should be the widow/widower’s grief counselor.” Most people who’ve suffered a loss have already built a network of friends and/or family for support.

Many will choose to attend therapy or support groups for help dealing with their pain. When you are dating someone it should be about you and that person having a shared goal of creating a great relationship.

If the person truly is ready to begin again with someone new they will make room for you in their heart.

How can I help a widow/widower get through their pain and feelings of loss?

The key is that every person is different, and you should take the widow/widower’s word that she/he is ready to date.” There is no specific time range that works for everyone.

Some people may be ready after 6 months, while others may feel ready after 5 years.

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.

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