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) 1) When you’ve lost a partner to death, there might be more tendency to romanticize her or the relationship.
This can make it harder to grieve the relationship in a realistic way, and therefore can also make it harder to truly be ready to date again. It can feel harder to feel completely resolved about whatever challenges you and your partner faced, now that you know you can never speak to her again in physical form.
Befriend your feelings (we teach lots of ways to do this in the Roadmap class), and breathe in some self-compassion. It comes in waves, it takes time, and it takes all different forms.
In short, it is definitely possible to date happily and healthily after losing a partner to death.Having this knowledge can make you feel gun-shy, and also make you feel different from other women. If your partner’s death was due to suicide, this is even more likely. If you and your partner were not out of the closet, you may have had to grieve your loss in private, rather than getting the support you would have gotten if your relationship had been public.This may give you an even bigger load of grief,and anger to work through. If you were with your partner for a long time, and/or are older, it may feel challenging to think of getting used to – and developing intimacy with – a new person. You may find yourself feeling disloyal to your former partner when you date, or even find yourself wanting to date, someone new.A woman might feel intimidated by the mention of your partner who died, or fear she could “never match up.” But the more ease you have in talking about it, the more at ease your dates will likely feel. Well, often on a first or second date, the conversation turns to topics like “So, how long have you been single? ” You can take the lead by asking this question, and then answering it yourself once your date has answered.You might say something like “Actually, my last partner died ___ months/years ago.” When you say this, your date may look shocked and confused, and will probably say “I’m sorry, I had no idea.” This is your chance to set her at ease by saying something like “Of course you didn’t know.
(Again, this can happen to women who’ve lost their partners due to breakup too – and it’s perfectly normal.