And then there’s the reactions of other people to deal with – not least your in laws and your own children, if you’re a parent.
So the best advice is to proceed with caution and to make sure you’re ready before you take the plunge.
Give her time to grieve If you are dating a widow, find out whether she has given herself enough time to grieve over the loss of her spouse.
When you've lost the person you loved, the idea of dating again can seem almost unthinkable.
Some WAY members make the conscious decision that they will never date anyone else again, because they feel that nobody could ever live up to the partner they have lost.
You can always dip your toe in the dating pool and take it out again if it doesn't feel right.
Other WAY members can provide an invaluable source of advice and a sounding board for people who feel ready to start venturing out into the dating world again.