It's sad but true: Plenty of women have faced the loss of a partner way before they ever expected. And once the dust settles, some women jump back into the dating world right away, while others feel like their grief is still too strong for many years afterward. However, grieving the loss of your partner doesn't actually mean you're not ready to date, says Brandy Engler , Ph. Though every woman is different, if you've given yourself some time to grieve and to honor the relationship, you're ready to get back out there, says Engler. In fact, it could make your next relationship even better than you imagined, she says.
Becoming a widow was the most terrible thing that ever happened to me. Besides being heartbroken, I also had no idea what to expect or how to deal with certain problems that arose. Looking back, these are some things that I learned along the way. I would like to pass them on in the hopes of helping someone else. It sucks. I'm not going to try to make it sound better than that.
Most widows gladly kissed the dating game goodbye the moment a ring was slipped ever so sweetly onto the third finger of her left hand. That was it. She was done with the frustrations of dating and happy to leave that part of her life behind.