Dating a Woman After Her Husband Died

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Dating a woman after her husband has died always requires you to be sensitive about a few key issues. Find out about dating a woman after her husband died with help from a longtime practicing therapist in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm David Simonsen with Help 4 Life. I'm a Marriage and Family Therapist in the Seattle area and we all are going to experience loss in our life at some time whether it's going to be a child dying, whether it's going to be a spouse dying or significant other dying. And so, one of the unique situations that you may run into is that you may start being interested in a woman or a husband who has a spouse that died. Now, at first that could seem a little bit awkward, awkward, but one of the things you need to remember is that you were not going to fill that person shoes. If you go into this relationship thinking I'm going to be the better person than this person that passed away was, that's going to be a relationship that's doomed to fail. So, don't go into that relationship thinking that you're going to fill the shoes of that, of this other person. One of the things I really encourage you to do is ask questions about this person. It's going to be fairly obvious that if this was a significant relationship to this person, there's going to be pictures of this deceased person in the home. Now, for some that could be awkward, but I guess I would encourage you to being inquisitive about this person. This was a person that your potential mate or your potential significant other found to be important in their life. And so, to simply ignore them or ignore that in a conversation would be disrespectful. So, I would just encourage you to out of respect ask questions about this deceased person. It's going to show that you're sensitive; it's going to show that you're compassionate and it's probably going to go along way in making your relationship better with this person that you're starting to care about. I'm David Simonsen with Help 4 Life.

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