Arlin Cuncic has been writing about mental health since 2007, specializing in social anxiety disorder and depression topics. The success of your relationship will depend largely on the emotional stability of the man you are dating -- and whether he is truly ready to move on.She served as the managing editor of the "Journal of Attention Disorders" and has worked in a variety of research settings. What do you need to know as the partner of a widower?In addition to letting the widower initiate the date request, you should also set a slow pace for the relationship, both physically and emotionally.A man who is truly interested will be fine with taking things slowly, while a man looking for a rebound relationship will be less eager to do so. Since the launch of just over 20 years ago, online sites and mobile apps for dating have gained freight train-like momentum, providing millions of singletons worldwide with an easy way to connect with new potential love interests.
Take things slow, have personal boundaries, realize that grief is an individual process, and prepare for the cold shoulder from friends and family.
I don’t want to make any major moves (me or him) at least until the first anniversary of her death, but I do want to enjoy him in the meantime. My response: I certainly appreciate your concerns about developing a relationship with a man so recently widowed, but you know yourself and this man better than I do, so in the end, only you can determine whether there is “anything wrong with this.” I can tell you that the relationship your man had with his wife and whatever ongoing attachment he feels toward her, both now and in the future, is unique to him, and how he reacts to this loss will be unique to him as well.
There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and there is no specific time frame.
Relationships with widowers can be tempestuous, but if he is truly ready for a new relationship, you may find that the widower can be the partner that you need -- and more.
Widowed men are prone to jumping into new relationships too quickly, says widower Abel Keogh, in the first chapter of his book "Dating a Widower." Widowers may be seeking companionship, sex or a feeling of normalcy after the death of a spouse -- and will be less discriminating in who they choose to spend time with.