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Before dating tips

For those who have lost a spouse and are looking to date again, here are ten tips to help you successfully navigate the dating waters.There's no specific time period one should wait before dating again.

If you wouldn't let family or friends treat your spouse that way, why would you tolerate that behavior toward someone else—especially when your date could become your future spouse? If you can't do that, then you have no business dating again.As you date, feelings of guilt should subside over time—especially when you find that special someone.If the guilt's not subsiding, you might not be ready to date again.Because I had a certain comfort level with her, I often found myself forgetting proper dating etiquette, such as opening the car door or walking a date to her door when the date was over.If you find yourself forgetting simple dating etiquette, don't worry about it. You'll be surprised how fast your dating legs return.Grieving and the process of moving on is something that's unique to each person.

Some people take years, others weeks, and then there are those who choose never to date again.

It sounds silly, but I couldn't shake that feeling the entire evening. The same feelings of guilt were there, only they were less intense.

It took about five dates before the feeling went away entirely and I could actually enjoy the company of a woman without feeling guilty.

It's okay to talk about the spouse when you're first dating someone.

Answer questions he or she may have about your marriage, but don't spend all your time talking about the dead or how happy you were. And who knows—she might make you incredibly happy for years to come.

Most dates will understand if they know it has been awhile since you dated. When your family and friends learn you're dating again, they may not treat this new person in your life very well.