Dating too soon after death

When you've lost the person you loved, the idea of dating again can seem almost unthinkable.

Some WAY members make the conscious decision that they will never date anyone else again, because they feel that nobody could ever live up to the partner they have lost.

Other WAY members feel ready to move on quite quickly – and are open to the possibility of finding love and a new partner. And only you will know when or if you feel ready to move on. Dating after you've been widowed can be fraught with perils, particularly in the early months of bereavement, when you may still be feeling very emotionally raw.

You may not have been out on a first date for many years.

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Other WAY members can provide an invaluable source of advice and a sounding board for people who feel ready to start venturing out into the dating world again.There are discussion threads about new relationships on our Members’ Only website and on our closed Facebook page too – dealing with topics ranging from telling the in-laws about a new romance to when is the right time to take off your wedding ring.Many WAY members do find love again – some WAY members are even now happily married again.But it can be a long, slow process to find a new partner who understands and accepts what you have been through.And there will inevitably be some guilt, some practical hurdles and some emotional highs and lows to navigate along the way.

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