Being a widower and dating

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?

And is widowhood the proper time to fall in love again?

The end of love and death For many people, romantic love forms an essential aspect of their lives; without love, life may seem worthless, devoid of meaning.

"Though I know I'll never lose affection For people and things that went before I know I'll often stop and think about them In my life, I'll love you more." The Beatles "I can't live if living is without you." Mariah Carey "A widow's refusal of a lover is seldom so explicit as to exclude hope." Samuel Richardson All of us have romantic predicaments; widows (and widowers) seem to have even more. And if they find another lover, while still loving their late spouse, how can these two lovers reside together in their hearts?

For widows, is loving again worth the effort of having to adjust to another person?

All of these emotions are quite normal to have, but that does not make them easy to deal with.

There are generally reckoned to be about seven stages of grief: Most grieving people experience at least some of these stages, but there is no set order or time limit for these feelings.

Frank's sickness and death belonged to him, but they had changed my life, too, making demands and requiring sacrifices.The path that led me from wife to widow had been long, crooked, and painful.I had spent the previous two years watching my husband fight, with grace and heartbreaking optimism, a rare and aggressive form of esophageal cancer.Resist the urge, says Keogh, and let the man take the initiative to contact you and arrange dates.If he is truly interested in a long-term commitment, he will make an effort to be with you.