One of the most charming questions I ever received in one of my second year spousal loss classes came from a middle-aged man named Sam. His question was a good one. He went on to say that he was going to invite a woman over to his home for dinner because he missed having a meaningful conversation with the opposite sex. Social connections are key to emotional health.
Widows: Getting Your Kids On Board With The Dating Game : NPR
Dating after losing a spouse can come with a world of complications. And if you're a parent, it can be especially hard to explain new relationships to children. Two moms who lost their husbands share how they ventured back into dating and how their children reacted. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but maybe you just need a few moms in your corner. Every week, we check in with a diverse group of parents for their common sense and savvy advice.
Last Updated: October 8, References Approved. Rebecca Tenzer is the owner and head clinician at Astute Counseling Services, a private counseling practice in Chicago, Illinois. With over 18 years of clinical and educational experience in the field of mental health, Rebecca specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, grief, interpersonal relationships using a combination of Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, evidence-based practices. Rebecca has served as a member of the AmeriCorps and is also a Professor of Psychology at the collegiate level. There are 18 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.
The decision to move on is filled with a myriad of conflicting thoughts and feelings, fears and hopes. No one chose to end the marriage. As a result, falling in love again and dating again for widows can be light years different than it is for someone who is divorced or has always been single. At first, as a widow dating, you may have never thought that you could feel anything, much less love, for someone else. The heart is big enough to love more than one person.