Re entering the dating world
” “You should write a column about reentering the dating world,” one of them says. I am a widow, and almost every [time] I get into a conversation with a man, I get asked the question, why haven’t I found someone yet?They might worry that they will always be compared unfavorably to your departed spouse.So I think you were very wise to take time to grieve, and to explain that you have done so to the men you date.While your future is not up to them, the outsider’s perspective of a close friend or family member might be what you need to help you understand how far you’ve come or might still have to go.
Then one day, after coming home to an empty house for what feels like the millionth time, you come to one obvious conclusion. My heart starts racing and after the beep, I say the first thing that comes to mind.
To say that the death of a spouse of is life-changing in the worst of ways is probably a pretty big understatement.
And at the time you experienced the loss, it’s likely that the thought of eventually re-entering the dating world seemed like an impossibility, or at best some distant vague possibility.
With some time and healing, though, it’s only natural to eventually start thinking about dating again. When is a healthy time to try dating again after such a deep loss?
It’s important to understand when you’re discerning this question for your own life that there is no one absolute right answer to the question of what is too soon. Some factors can cause the process to take longer, like if the loss was sudden, unexpected, or traumatic.
I try to carefully explain that it has taken me time to grieve and to accept going forward with my life after my husband of 29 years passed, but regardless of how politely and positively I explain my past, there is an awkwardness that creeps into the conversation that makes me feel like the man is pulling back, like there are red flags going off.