As you’ll see from the passages below, everyone’s reaction to their circumstance, opinions and experiences are going to be different, so it’s important to keep in mind the specific needs of your match as you progress.
The key is that every person is different, and you should take the widow/widower’s word that she/he is ready to date.” There is no specific time range that works for everyone.
I would have been dating again within a year if I had not been in a car accident that put me out of action for 9 months.
One is ready to date again whenever solitude gives way to loneliness.
Whatever time he had left, I wanted to spend it with him. When we first married, he coughed up the excess lung protein once or twice a month. With quick thinking, he cranked up the oxygen concentrator and ODed on 8L of pure oxygen. I rushed him to the hospital and they all but threw him out.
But perhaps even more importantly, I liked him so darn much.