How long does a widow/widower typically wait to start dating again? I was lonely for several years before my husband died.I would have been dating again within a year if I had not been in a car accident that put me out of action for 9 months.
About five months after my wife passed away I made very specific decisions about why I was ready to start dating.
In my conversations with widows and widowers they often say to me, “I just can’t imagine being with someone else” or “I can’t imagine holding someone else’s hand or going out on a date with someone else—it just seems weird and awkward and wrong.” I will say to you that it certainly does at first feel weird. When you date for a little while the nature of your humanity takes over and it feels OK to be holding someone else’s hand—and then it feels more than OK—it feels great!