Losing a girlfriend can be just as heartbreaking as losing a spouse, depending on the relationship between you and your former girlfriend, how long you dated and if you were in love with her. It sounds more serious when someone loses a spouse, but losing a loved one, regardless of the title, can be devastating. Jumping back into the dating scene can come with a lot of hurdles and bumps. According to Helpguide.
My Husband Died. Four Months Later, I Started Dating Again
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My current boyfriend was shocked when, after we first made love, I told him that all I wanted in a relationship at the time was a "friends with benefits" situation. It had been a year and eight months since my husband had died; my sex drive had recovered, but my heart was still hibernating. I'd been my husband George's caregiver as he'd succumbed to cancer. Sex hadn't been a part of my life for a long time. I was too worried about him to think of much else. I felt like I had no sexuality.
Question from Mary: I lost my husband after 31 years. He literally dropped dead at work seven and a half months ago. We had been married almost 31 years and he was my soulmate. A few weeks ago, a man who I knew and met once through a social networking site started texting me and emailing me.
The prospect of dating after the death of a girlfriend can be an ominous endeavor with mixed emotions and feelings of guilt and vulnerability at the forefront. Decide if you are emotionally ready to date and be prepared for the feelings and questions that may arise in the dating process. Whether you are seeking permanent partnership or are dating again to occupy time for a short-term distraction, be proud of yourself for contemplating the next step.