How to love a widow

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So often my clients ask about dating a widower. Is it a red flag? Should I proceed with caution? Is it a losing proposition? And my answer may surprise you: widowers are some of the best, most eligible, grownup men out there. This man likely knows how to love, communicate, commit, work through problems and misses being married. When a man is in a happy relationship he pours himself into it. That leaves a giant hole. Together they are traveling the world and running marathons.

He was looking for that very thing… again. Were there some challenges along the way for them? But they developed great communication and worked through them. Now they are happy as clams. Should you pay attention to his emotional availability, and watch for red flags? His ability to be present? His life in the here and now? Absolutely, yes! If he makes you feel good, explore it further. Then believe him, and pay attention to his actions.

It is true that some think they are ready but not just like after a breakup, right? Or you just may miss out on Mr. Some of you shared your positive experiences and thanked me. Many more of you called my ass out! This is not an attempt to defend my work. But I would like to dig just a little deeper than I did with my initial writing.

And I want to thank and honor you all for sharing so thoughtfully and honestly. In fact, just writing that makes me feel like throwing up. I dated several widowers in my single decades and had an extended relationship with one. Some have remained in great relationships with them like Karen above.

Most have not, because of the very issues you have raised. You see…if you know my work you know that its foundation is based on helping women embrace that their own happiness must be their first priority. When they are happy, their man is happy. Meaning a relationship with HER. It is to This Man — the one who knows how to love and is ready to do it again — that I advise a woman to extend kindness, patience, and empathy. If he makes her happy in countless wonderful ways, I advise that she try to understand that there can be a piece of him that still loves and honors his late wife. I admit that as a coach who teaches women to date like a grownup, I assumed that it would be taken for granted that it is never okay to stick around and accept bad behavior or be treated like a doormat.

Yah, I know about the assume thing. Many of you spoke of excesses: droning on and on, posting on Facebook how much he misses her, baking her birthday cakes every year and hanging her pictures on the wall…absolutely these are all likely deal-breakers. I apparently could have supplied clearer qualifiers to better express my position. Again, I truly DO love and appreciate hearing from you. I know that you are wise and smart and loving. What you share here is meaningful to me and also helps inform the thousands of women who are reading these posts.

So, keep bringing it on. But please, can you not write me that you disagree with my percentage allocation and stupid stuff like that? At the time of this writing, there are over comments on this article, many of which contain even more of my detailed advice.

If you would like more personalized support you can learn about my private coaching here. Sincerely Roberto. While I work with women only, you are alike in many ways. Read articles here to learn some dating skills. Be real and honest. And have the goal of enjoying yourself as you meet new people. There are so many nice women out there! This article was very helpful. My boyfriend who is a Widow told me today that his therapist wants him to bring dark things up.

They have 4 childrened together. He is very compassionate, loving, and understanding. Thanks for the amazing read. I have been in a very happy relationship for over three years to a wonderful man, who lost his wife tragically six years ago.

He makes me feel like the most important woman in the room when we are alone together. However, I personally struggle with the seemingly constant reminder of his late wife. We cannot get together with friends or family without a reminder about what a wonderful woman she was.

He is also guilty of taking us on trips down memory lane — almost daily. He shared in great detail his love story. He even shared his diary that he and his wife kept at the beginning of their relationship, letters, and private photos.

I know intimately things about their life together that most couples would not find it appropriate to share. At the time, to be honest, I wanted to know it all. It felt like the right thing to do in order to really know and understand him, and where he was coming from. Fast forward to now — where we are an established couple mostly publicly — there is still a gray area when it comes to social media. We are still living in separate houses, although we spend most of our free time together. Our children are all encouraged to spend time together as well, and we have had a lot of good times with all of our boys hanging out.

We talk — casually — about when we will move in together, but the discussions are typically cut short, as I feel he is not ready and maybe I am not either. My reservations lie in the fact that his late wife is still very much a part of his home. Her pictures, collections, and footprint are still ever-present. It is almost as if his identity will always be tied to her, and I sometimes perceive myself as the consolation prize at the end of the day.

My own hang-ups stem from having overcome a marriage that ended in divorce. I ended my marriage — which was filled with infidelity, verbal and mental abuse, and a controlling narcissist of a man. Our marriages both ended after 20 years — his tragically and mine after a nasty separation and divorce. Only recently have my insecurities been brought to light — mainly because I have trouble communicating difficult topics — and I never want to bring up something that may upset my partner, or his family especially his son.

But I can feel resentment brewing and have finally begun to find the courage to address these feelings. Reading these comments, and seeking out blogs, books, and connecting with other women who are in love with a widower are helpful.

I know that my partner is willing to work with me and we are both very hopeful for a bright future. Because no matter what insecurities we may both have, we do love each other very much and can see ourselves growing old er together. Sharing these thoughts is therapeutic. I appreciate this article soooo much. I am almost a year into a relationship with a widower who had been married 35 years with children and grandchildren. She died tragically. It has been very complicated, to say the least.

At the same time, it has been the best relationship I have been in. You are right, he definitely knows how to be in a good relationship and how to treat a woman very well.

How to love a widow

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