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Widower Wonders About Dating
Q: I just celebrated the three-year anniversary of my wifeís death. Itís been a hard three years, and my co-workers are encouraging me to start meeting new people. The thought of meeting someone new is exciting and terrifying. What I find more terrifying is the how my late wifeís family will react to this. I am still very close with them, and some of them are still having a hard time with losing her. How do I start dating other people while still honoring my late wife and her family? Do I keep this a secret, even if I were to get into a new relationship? -Carl, 66

Dr. Anna: Each personís journey through grief is different. It sounds like you have been thoughtful and respectful at every turn with them. If youíre feeling ready to try dating, donít let worries about how her family might react stop you. As an independent adult, youíre entitled to live your own life and keep things private if you feel that would work best. However, if you prefer to keep things in the open, try mentioning the idea casually at first, with something like, ďIíve been thinking about dating again, but I am nervous about how youíll feel about it.Ē If they love you (and it sounds like they do), they will likely support your next step in moving on with your life.

Anna Charbonneau, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, stress management expert, and author. If you're feeling overwhelmed, stressed out, or struggling to make changes in your life, Anna can help. Read her complete bio!
Dr. Pamela Chollet has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and Master degrees in educational psychology and fine arts. Her passion has been helping people face and get through those times when they feel trapped and unable to move forward. Read her complete bio!
Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., is a social psychologist, relationship expert, and bestselling and award-winning author. Her books include Loving in Flow: How the Happiest Couples Get and Stay That Way, and Kylie's Heel, a novel for adults. Read her complete bio!
NOTE: The information contained herein is provided for information purposes, and not intended as a substitute for advice or treatment that may or should be prescribed by your physician or recommended by your therapist.
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