There are discussion threads about new relationships on our Members’ Only website and on our closed Facebook page too – dealing with topics ranging from telling the in-laws about a new romance to when is the right time to take off your wedding ring.

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It’s important that you take the time necessary to heal and let yourself feel whole and complete before jumping into a relationship.” – Livestrong “I knew that marrying a widow would have some pitfalls.

One thing I never anticipated is her inability to tell me I’m the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

But it can be a long, slow process to find a new partner who understands and accepts what you have been through.

And there will inevitably be some guilt, some practical hurdles and some emotional highs and lows to navigate along the way.

Others report that potential dates run a mile when they say they've been widowed.

Follow some basic on-line dating rules: Always meet up with someone in a public place the first time you meet. Get them to call you during the date in case you need an excuse for a hasty exit!

Be careful about sharing any personal information on these websites until you know more about who you’re talking to.

Some WAY members choose not to reveal that they've been widowed straight away, as they worry that it might make them feel too vulnerable.

Remember she is understandably loyal to the memory of her husband, and loyal to you now in the present by promising to marry.