Dating after losing a spouse
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Here are several practical dating after losing a spouse and ideas on how to live alone after your husband dies. Lois Mowday Rabey describes her firsthand experience of confusion and devastation after her husband’s death.

This book is a thoughtful collection of inspirations and insights about the grieving process after the death of a spouse. If you haven’t experienced a loved one’s death, you may be overwhelmed by the variety and surprising emotions you feel! In the weeks and months following the loss of your husband, you may be numb with shock. Or, you may feel overwhelmed by a wide range of heartrending, and at times conflicting, emotions. You can and will make it through this difficult time.

The following tips for living alone after the death of a spouse are inspired by a reader on my article for grieving widows. His death is the hardest thing that I have gone through. We were married 44 years. I miss his voice, his loving ways. I have two grown sons but nothing or no one can take the place of my husband. I cry almost every day and I don’t know how to live alone. He was my soul mate, my friend and so many other things to me.

I feel if my whole world has fallen upside down. I get frightened when I think of the future without my husband. What advice have you already received about living alone after your husband dies? I welcome your big and little thoughts in the comments section below. Here are five thoughts on how to live alone after the death of a spouse. They may not meet your needs, but I hope they help you feel less alone.

My tips range from finding practical support to leaning on God for spiritual and emotional comfort. My husband and I divide the household chores, and he is primarily responsible for our financial situation. He takes care of the mortgage, bill payments, and investments. I have my own bank accounts and I earn a full-time living from my blogs, but he’s in charge of the finances.

This is a mistake on my part, and I will regret not knowing about our finances if I have to learn how to live alone one day. I know my husband is trustworthy and responsible to take care of our financial affairs, but I should at least know what’s going on! Dogs and cats offer life and presence in an empty house, and are beloved companions for widows who aren’t used to living alone after the death of a spouse. A dog will get you outside.

Taking him on walks will force you to interact with neighbors and learn more about your community. You’ll feel happier, your appetite will increase, and your brain will welcome the oxygen and stimulation. I wrote it for a reader who lost her dog, and asked for help deciding if she should get another pet. She wasn’t dealing with the problem of living alone after the death of a spouse, but she was lonely. Sign up for my free weekly Blossom Tips!