Death of a spouse and dating

If three days, or three months, after I'm gone, you find a man who will love and cherish you for a few years as I have for so many, go for it!You've earned it." — "Mac" in Oregon DEAR MAC: Your sincerity rings true, leaving me uncharacteristically speechless. • DEAR ABBY: My granddaughter is due to have a baby in a short while.The letter was mainly addressed to those who might stand in judgment if she began dating soon after he was gone.

I started dating five months after my late wife died. And though it took a few dates to get the hang of things, I have no regrets about dating that soon.

Dating again after the death of a spouse can be an awkward experience.

It can bring out feelings of guilt or betrayal in the widow or widower.

Baby showers now often include men and take place on a weekend afternoon, preferably not on the same day as a major sports event.

One thing that hasn't changed, however: A baby shower is usually hosted by friends of the parents-to-be, rather than family.

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