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Our plan for this post is simple, we’re going to give you our two-cent answers for some of the most common questions we receive.
As always, at the end of the article, you will find our wild and wonderful comment section, where we welcome your thoughts and experiences.
At Stitch, many of our members are either widowed or divorced, which brings new challenges to finding a partner later in life.
It’s an unchosen label that both connects them to others that have experienced the same trauma, but also makes them feel as if a world made for couples has thrown them aside.
As a result, the question has been asked: Should you be dating a widower as a divorcee, and visa-versa?
For one member who has recently come out of a relationship (we’ll call him “Howard” since he did not want his name to be shared), said that it’s not something that he would be willing to do again.
We’ve been slow to write about this subject in the past because, well, it’s COMPLICATED. That said, we receive lots of questions in our email asking questions related to new relationships after experiencing loss and, over time, we hope to have articles addressing all these concerns.
People do not cease to care about loved ones simply because they have died so, no, we would not recommend you ask them to take the photos down. Their relationship and love for that person will continue and that is normal and healthy (if this is blowing your mind, check out this post on Continuing Bonds Theory).
Photos do not indicate a person is stuck or that they aren’t ready to date.
We’re always incredibly touched by the stories we hear and think it’s wonderful that both are taking steps to seek companionship.
However, some bumps along the process could possibly be avoided by not “crossing the border” from widow to divorcee. But should widowers and widows dating divorcees have to worry about their relationship? And if divorced, should they only date other divorcees?