Older widows dating
“This is due both to the tendency to idealize the past and to our sense of propriety in not speaking ill of the dead.
Although the late spouse is physically absent, the widow's love for him can remain and even grow.” That’s why many have chosen to stay single, according to federal data.
They attend community center and theater events together, and frequently dine out.
A second widower in another state takes classes that interest him at a local college and spends a great deal of time with children and grandchildren.
For a 2001 article in Ageing & Society, researchers interviewed 25 widows and 26 widowers 65 and older in the U. Widowers felt deprived by the loss of married life.
(Younger widows were more likely to wed than older ones.) And the U. Bureau of the Census estimates that 10 times more widowers than widows find a new mate.One reason for the lopsided numbers is that fewer men are available as women age.The supposed “weaker sex” still tends to live longer than males, although the gap is narrowing.If he makes her happy in countless wonderful ways, I advise that she try to understand that there can be a piece of him that still loves and honors his late wife.
I admit that as a coach who teaches women to date like a grownup, I assumed that it would be taken for granted that it is never okay to stick around and accept bad behavior or be treated like a doormat.
Research published in the Journal of Marriage and Family in 2004 found that widowers’ interest in dating or remarriage depended on the amount of social support men received from friends.