Question: Is it OK to date after the death of a spouse?

Yes, it is okay to remarry after the death of a spouse. Some individuals find that they are ready to start dating again and pursue a new relationship shortly after losing their spouse. Others find themselves needing years to grieve the loss they have experienced or decide not to remarry- and that is okay as well.

How long should you wait to date after a spouse dies?

If you need to make important decisions, you should wait for at least one to two years following such a significant loss. This will give you sufficient time to process the death, go through the stages of grief, and regain some of your diminished cognitive capacities.

What is a dead spouse called?

A widow is a woman whose spouse has died; a widower is a man whose spouse has died.

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