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

I do not think that someone who is in a great deal of mental pain is a good candidate for a relationship.

I don’t expect a woman I am dating, or even more seriously involved with, to “help me get through my pain and loss”, as it relates to my late wife’s passing.

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

Annother: “I don’t think that a date is the best person to do this.

What I mean is that if one had a happy marriage that ended with one person dying, one might wonder if the person would approve of the person one is dating. ” When you begin to date a widow(er), keep in mind that it is completely natural for people to compare things.

Not all comparisons are bad; they are simply an acknowledgement that something is different than something else.

It is natural to want a partner, but the partner is not a substitute.“One should wait until THEY feel they are ready.

No one else can tell you what you are feeling, so only by being in touch with your own emotions can you know if you’re ready.

If he or she feels comfortable talking about their deceased partner then you should feel free to ask questions or make comments. You should not compare yourself to the departed spouse. One has to remember, that a widowed person did not end the relationship because he/she wanted to – it was taken from them, and in this way is very different from that of a divorce.” Starting a completely new path in one’s life is a big decision and would cause emotional upheaval for anyone, no matter the situation.

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