Dating advice for young widows

Of course, no matter how close our partner came to being ‘ideal’, we all know that no one really can be.

Whether widower or widow, dating again can bring you comfort and companionship after loss.

Yet, to really see the rewards of this, it is important to remember two things: you musn't compare (try not to think about how someone new is similar to your previous partner) and you musn't contrast (likewise, try not to focus on how the person you are dating is different to your ex.) The danger with comparing and contrasting is that anyone new will be measured according to an unachievable ideal.

To bear this in mind is important for anyone serious about beginning to move forward.

Dating a widower or widow can oftentimes require extra sensitivity.

There may be instances where - whether widow or widower - dating has to take a backseat; for example, if it's important for your partner to remember their spouse's birthday, or their anniversary, try to be understanding about this and give them a little more space.

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