A few weeks ago I attended the LA chapter of the National Survivors After Suicide Loss Day. Never tell a sibling they could get another brother or sister. With a spouse or a partner or a “just” a girlfriend or boyfriend (and really, they almost get the shortest end of the stick. I’m remarried now to a man who never once has asked me to forget about my past.I spoke on a general panel about loss to suicide and co-facilitated a break-out group for those who have lost partners/spouses. Wouldn’t tell someone to adopt a random older person to act as their parent. It was clear in the months after my late husband’s death – the questions about if I was ready for a set up or a profile. Of course boyfriends and girlfriends are totally replaceable…), it is expected that the pain ends when you replace the person you lost. People actually think your lost love can be replaced. Never once told me my late husband needs to be excised from my life. I relish the thought of being able to introduce his family to my children in person one day – not just through email and social media.A neighbor came over and told me how sorry she was. Someday, my children will be old enough to hear my story. Know there was a man, before their father, whom I loved with my whole heart. Whose death left my heart and soul battered and broken. I guess what I want people to understand is that remembering my late husband, writing about him/us, and still loving him doesn’t mean I am not present in my life now.
3) Be honest about what you want out of dating with yourself and the people you date. If you are in the market for more – act like you are.
4) Which brings me to this: if you are in the habit of using your widowhood to manipulate situations and people, you aren’t ready to date. You know what I am talking about – playing the “widow card”.
Average time frame for widowers who remarry is about two – three years while for widows, it’s three to five years.
The best answer I ever heard was something along the lines of And it is. Stereotypes say that men date sooner and remarry more quickly than women do, and there is statistical validity in this.
Anyone who is spouting rules and timelines at you has an ulterior agenda, and you are within your rights to question them and it. Even if you aren’t sure, meeting a guy or gal for coffee never hurt anybody, and enjoying the occasional Starbuck’s isn’t a commitment to anything.
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It’s manipulative and unfair, and frankly, widowed who do this are the worst kinds of assholes. If the idea of dating makes you nauseous, or seems like something best put up on a shelf for the time being, there’s nothing wrong with that.
The point is that the days of donning mourning for public displays of grieving for specific periods of time are long over.
The majority of men I met through it were varying degrees of depressing in their hunt for on-call girlfriends.
It was while taking a break from dating that Rob appeared.
I remember thinking I would never tell a mother she would move on from losing her child. It appeared that partner/spousal death was somehow treated as “less than” – and this was once again confirmed in the group I recently co-facilitated.