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.
I asked questions in oncologists' offices and took notes.
I cried on the phone to impassive health insurance bureaucrats.
Brewer says that you need to be aware of the intense feelings your children could have as you start to date.
Talk with them and understand their feelings first.
“It’s when the drama is over and you face the grey mudflats of the future that the real widowhood begins...
Getting through the first year of losing your partner is a bit like a roller coaster. You might be plunged into the depths of despair at any given moment.
You may burst into tears in the supermarket when trying to work out what to cook for supper that night. Day by day, you start to get used to the practicalities of your new life as the realisation that your partner is not coming back really begins to hit home.
Talking openly about your feelings with them may help them understand why you want to start dating, even if they don’t agree." Grief and a Child’s Reaction to a Parent Dating Children should be given special consideration when a parent starts to date.
It can be a confusing and difficult process for a child at any age to accept a parent moving on.