Start dating after being widowed
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Some WAY members choose not to reveal that they've been widowed straight away, as they worry that it might make them feel too vulnerable.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.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.Others report that potential dates run a mile when they say they've been widowed.
Follow some basic on-line dating rules: Always meet up with someone in a public place the first time you meet. Get them to call you during the date in case you need an excuse for a hasty exit!
You can always dip your toe in the dating pool and take it out again if it doesn't feel right.
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.
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.
When I was younger, I never imagined what it would be like to be middle-aged.