For many widowers and widows, dating after a loss requires support and the empathetic company of people who understand the situation. We prioritize compatibility: matching personalities, locations and, crucially, life experiences.

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As the relationship ended because of a death, we can feel that it would never have otherwise ended.

This could lead you to question that previous relationship. Claudia Jean, creator of a seminar series on a mid-life dating, says "there may also be a lingering sense of ‘cheating’ that must be worked through.

However, that shouldn’t stop you from pursuing a relation with a widow or widower. Unless you are recently single, your dating skills should include the ability to be still and let this wonderful human being move toward you." Ask questions early on Susan Shapiro Barash, author of and a professor at Marymount Manhattan College says "It’s best to be forthright…".

Accurately remembering a lost loved one enables us to keep them in a place of honour in our hearts whilst also making space for the possibility of new love.

Whether widower or widow, dating again can bring you comfort and companionship after loss.

It's undoubtedly a sensitive topic, but a detailed conversation early in your relationship can save later pain.

Undertaking in widow or widower dating does come with its own special requirements and considerations, but don't let this put you off.Of course, no matter how close our partner came to being ‘ideal’, we all know that no one really can be.That's why it's vital to remember your partner for who they were.Dating someone who has lost someone very dear is a very delicate situation.For one, the person may still have strong feelings tied up in the previous relationship and it’s untimely end. In fact, they most likely have not dated for a considerable length of time that they may have forgotten how to approach it again.It's important to remember, though, that moving on is not about ‘replacing’ or ‘forgetting’ about your loved one – it's about allowing yourself room for both treasured memories and new happiness.