When to start dating after spouse dies
Parents can also reassure their children that they will proceed cautiously.We also encourage them to talk through this process with an experienced counselor.As Geremy explains: “We need ample measures of patience and grace with one another when we’re dealing with a loss.” Ultimately, some widows and widowers may not find love again. That’s why Christians who have experienced the loss of their spouse should listen carefully to God’s call and invitation to what the next stage of life might hold.After all, while marriage is a good gift, it is not a requirement to having a full and meaningful life.The online naysayers say Patton has moved on “too soon.” But is getting engaged 15 months after a spouse’s death too soon? While we don’t know the ins and outs of Oswalt’s particular situation, we do know this: There’s no hard-and-fast “timeline” when it comes to grieving the death of a spouse and to giving yourself another chance at love.“Grief is never ‘fully done,’” says Geremy Keeton, who serves as the director of our counseling services department here at Focus on the Family.
“Parenting remains a profound calling as we navigate grief, and children will always be a factor in starting a new relationship,” says Geremy.
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When actor and comedian Patton Oswalt suddenly lost his wife, Michelle, in April 2016, he went public with his grief. She’s left a blast crater,” the heartbroken widower wrote in an open letter, where he also talked about the impact his wife’s death has had on their 7-year-old daughter, Alice.
And his public, palpable grief may be why some people have reacted with surprise – and even criticism – when news broke of Patton’s recent engagement last week.