Forget Me Not: Starting A New Romance When Your Partner Has Dementia

As a friend, not knowing what to say to someone whose spouse is dying can be difficult and frustrating. But just because someone has loved one person deeply, it doesn’t mean they can’t love another person just as much. Plus you know they’re capable of sustaining a committed relationship. Just as I don’t shy away from talking to the kids about their mother, I also don’t apologize for discussing Leslie with dates . She was and is an important part of my life and the lives of my children.

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These feelings do not go away when a widow or widower starts dating. Widowers are more likely than widows to experience declines in their physical and emotional health in the months and years following their wife’s passing. They’re more likely to suffer from depression and chronic stress. Many widowers have difficulty sleeping and problems concentrating, and often show little or no interest in activities they enjoyed when their wife was alive.

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Charlie has kind eyes and wrinkles that speak of a life spent smiling, and he’s thoughtful as he talks about Karen, who died last year. They had already talked about what they would do if the worst happened and she had given her blessing for him to move on, he says. He never imagined it would actually happen as he had always thought he’d be the one to die first.

But to seek a partner who can have space for a loved one who died is not something that everyone finds ‘horrible’. Many people are comfortable having photos of a partners deceased family – be that parents, grandparents, siblings, or a spouse partner – up in the house. Many find it something that strengthens the relationship to get to know the person more through their memories of the person who died. I am glad you were able to decide this wasn’t right for you, but each relationship is going to be different based on the needs and comfort of each person. I have a different situation and I want some opinions it’s my in-laws that I have an issue with.

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You need to give him is a reason to move on. We don’t like being in this space, but often we feel so alone because people don’t understand and are very critical of us, that we eventually retreat back to what we know. The only way I can explain what happens is, the day our spouse died, we did not accept this as final. Instead, probably out of sheer loneliness & the lack of understanding from others, we go back to where we feel the most comfort.

Although people are now more open to talking about it, a fear of death is still common. Expectations in many relationships are unspoken agreements that become a pivotal aspect of our satisfaction. If your partner constantly fails to meet your expectations, you might find yourself full of disappointment, anger, and eventually resentment. Whatever you do, respect your new partner’s idealization of his late wife.

After all, this is the person that you chose to spend your life with. No matter how much time you had together, it will probably feel like it ended too soon. If you want to help someone who is grieving the loss of a spouse, be mindful of your friend’s feelings. Stay away from topics that make your friend upset. It may be hard to see your friend in pain, but your endless support will mean the world to them. Dealing with the death of a spouse is easier when you have people you can talk to, but friends and family don’t always know the right things to say.

I do not know how to translate what he’s going through right now and I’m guessing will be going through for thr next few days. We’ve only been dating for 5 months which leaves me wondering if in a healthy relationship or if I’m always going to be “the other women”. We both have children, and I am a year ahead in my loss then him. Everything always seems to be in such a good place, but I find that he and his children grieve differently then my children and I. This is not really an issue, everyone grieves differently.

When your date asks about your spouse, answer honestly. As long as you feel comfortable, there’s nothing wrong with being upfront. Estimates suggest that about 20 percent of marriages are sexless.

I’m dating a widower, and I love him very much. But I spent the first year of our relationship walking on eggshells, denying any of my needs so that I could be sensitive to his grief . I agree with everything you say, and I am sorry for your loss.

The people at my church seem to think you need to wait at least two years to see another person your age. Both our children my 3 and his 3 think it was horrible. All we did was eat supper talk a long while and he went home. All of a sudden our kids got angry that we didnt wait for two or so years. We are old….We sill talk on phone one a week.