Dating after death of girlfriend

The letter said that when you lose a spouse it is normal to want to date, usually sooner rather than later.

I felt guilty even thinking about the possibility and could not fathom the idea of dating so soon after my husband had died. I was worried you would never want to date again after Mark.

That was just the start—we wound up dating for eighteen months.

I decided to trust that my body was telling me ‘it’s OK! When I was so wrapped up in the sadness of losing Mark, I had no space to let someone in. He and I met a month later and spent seven hours together on our first date.He didn’t hesitate to give me his blessing to date whoever and whenever I wanted. I knew that the void that Mark’s death left in my life would never be filled the same way that Mark filled it. As I scanned through the results not many of the profiles interested me.I knew that even as I started dating, I still had to continue to fill my own life with my own positive activities, people, and feelings; I could not put the pressure on someone else to fill Mark’s place—if I did, neither one of us would ever be truly happy. After several pages I started to wonder if I was just being extremely critical because I wasn’t ready.She had been very sick for the last three years of her life.We have two wonderful sons and although we stuck It out, our marriage had some issues, she had borderline personality disorder and would often be very angry with me and just flat out mean.

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