Books about dating after losing a spouse
There are 14 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.The death of a spouse can be one of the most devastating life events one endures.Not surprisingly, a study at Michigan State University discovered that people 65 and older who used the Internet to stay in touch with friends had a more than 30 percent reduction rate of depression symptoms.In other words, no matter the age, people need people.For the first year after her husband Mort died of cancer, Mary Childs, now 68, looked mainly to her two sisters and her quilting friends for comfort and a social connection.”I couldn’t do much more than that,” says the Lakewood, CO, retired nurse.”On the one occasion that I attended a couples’ function with friends from our past, I was totally uncomfortable.” Indeed, many people who lose a spouse often feel like when it comes to socializing, it’s a couples’ world.Paul Chernyak is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Chicago.He graduated from the American School of Professional Psychology in 2011.
Likewise for those whose partner’s death was not unexpected.
So I really want you to look into your heart and determine how soon and when you would like to think about reengaging in a romantic relationship.
I do not believe that people are meant to live alone—ever.
Four years ago, Barbra Cook, now 62, lost her husband of 36 years after his 10-year-battle with early onset Alzheimer’s.
“Several of our couples’ friends drifted away during Morris’ illness,” she says, “but I was determined to both sustain and build a life for myself after he died.” During his illness, she continued dancing, a lifelong passion she and Morris never shared. For others, the journey may start a year or more after the loss.It is a terrible feeling to know that you no longer have a loved one to be concerned about you.