One WAY member who recently remarried after nine years on her own said that falling in love again has actually made her miss her late husband even more than she did before: “Life is undoubtedly happier, less lonely, richer and more exciting,” she says.
“But it can be complicated too – and the swirl of emotions can sometimes be quite overwhelming.” If you do decide you’re ready to find love again, there’s a whole host of Internet dating websites out there – some are specially tailored to single parents or to people who've been widowed.
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.
And then there’s the reactions of other people to deal with – not least your in laws and your own children, if you’re a parent.
So the best advice is to proceed with caution and to make sure you’re ready before you take the plunge.
The slightest emotional rejection could plunge you back into the depths of despair.
And you may also be plagued by feelings of guilt and uncertainty.