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I hadn’t yet forgiven myself that he died on my watch. Until I resolved my own issues, I couldn’t be present for someone new because I was still living in the past. Yup, time to hit Target and pick up a new spouse now that the old one’s gone! I hear from so many widowed folk who get plenty of love and companionship from friends and family. Yet the societal benchmark for recovery seems to be seeing someone new.I got through the guilt with grief counseling and journaling, but I wasn’t ready to date until I’d put my ghosts to rest. I drank that koolaid as a new widow, but finally realized if I don’t want to date, it didn’t make me any less “recovered.” It also didn’t make me any more or less attractive.Trying to date before I’d processed George’s death caused unnecessary turmoil both for me and the guys I was seeing. It’s hard for me to admit I was using dating to prove I was still wantable.I confused being liked with having self-esteem, but that comes This last one is more for the benefit of your prospective beaus.
I tried dating a nice Jewish yogi lawyer (just like me) four months after losing George. Everything we did reminded me of something George and I had done or eaten or seen or hadn’t had the chance to do because his life had been cut short. I also had a lot of guilt over having been George’s caregiver. ” Haven’t we all heard this from well-intentioned people who are uncomfortable because we’re alone.Far better to spend your time with friends who will buoy you up as you figure out who you are in this new world.The first year and a half, even two years, after my loss I was often exhausted.I started “beta-dating” a few months after my loss, thinking I’d start practicing.But I was still too wounded and vulnerable, making me needy.