Dating in relationship widower

While scrolling through Facebook, Susan notices a photo of a woman exchanging wedding rings with Susan’s husband, John.Though they’ve never met, Susan knows the woman’s face well.After all, there are pictures of her throughout the home she and John share.

But if it’s only been a matter of weeks or months, you may encounter raw grief from him, and resentment and concern from his family and friends.“Friends and family can sometimes feel that he’s not ready for love, or that she was so special nobody else could take her place,” Annie says.“Even when they’re supportive and happy to see him in a loving relationship again, there will always be a part of his life that didn’t include you.” While acknowledging his late wife is important, make it clear that you’re not trying to replace her or erase her memory.You are your own person and, over time, should be accepted as a valuable, loving partner.

“If you do encounter a difficult time from his friends and family, have patience – hopefully they will come around,” Annie says.

In many ways, dating a widower is no different to courting any other partner.