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

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Recognise too that these emotions are part of a process, and that most other people also feel them.

You may find your grieving process doesn't coincide with other people's ideas of how it should be.

A 'new relationship' doesn’t necessarily mean marriage, since quite a lot of widowed people now opt for ‘living together’, just sleeping together or even just dating.

Although it can be exciting to find love again, thoughts of the dead partner can cast a shadow over any new romance.

But eventually, we're quite likely to consider the possibility of romance again. Losing someone we love is one of the hardest things we have to face in life.

But eventually, once we're ready, it's highly likely we'll consider the possibility of finding love again. In our own practice we have known men and women form new relationships well into their eighties.‘A nice Christian man is keen to start a relationship with me, and I like him too,’ said the email.‘However, his wife, to whom he was happily married, only died a few months ago. Hopeful Girl, how soon do you think is too soon to start dating after being widowed?If I’d met my widower within a year or two of him losing his wife, I think I’d have concentrated on developing a friendship with him, and would have been very cautious of anything more until I felt confident he was ready.In fact, he did start dating someone just three months after his wife died.Sometimes feelings revolve round sad or even horrible images of the last days or weeks of a partner's life.