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Remarried After Loss

Have you found your "Chapter Two"? Here's a place for those who have remarried or are in a new committed relationship to get acquainted and discuss concerns or issues - and maybe even answer questions for those who are just considering remarriage.

Your group Greeter is Doug.

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Latest Activity: Dec 31, 2017

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Kids - What do you tell them when we start dating ?

Started by Doug02122014 Dec 31, 2017. 0 Replies

The following is a summary of a lady's question in another Internet grief support group with my response. I’ve been spending time with a guy our family has known for some time.  Up until now we have…Continue

Tags: loss, after, dating, and, Kids

Dealing with the fear of losing a 2nd. or 3rd. spouse .

Started by Doug02122014. Last reply by Doug02122014 Dec 1, 2017. 7 Replies

Ok, how many of us have been down the road of "I'm not dating / remarring because I don't want to go through another loss of a spouse"?I have said all that, but the urge to continue living and moving…Continue

Wedding planning for Volume Two

Started by JHclecce. Last reply by Maria Louisa Nov 18, 2017. 5 Replies

I am finding that wedding planning is becoming VEEY difficult. I see these adorable ideas and now look at them through a widows eyes. For example instead of a guestbook there were empty bottles…Continue

Who is the best fit to marry a widowed person ? Another widowed person, someone who has never been married, or someone who is divorced ?

Started by Doug02122014. Last reply by Maria Louisa Nov 17, 2017. 20 Replies

This was my experience at getting back in the dating scene. The first person I went out with after loss was divorced, about 6-years younger than I and like me had 2-kids at home. I cannot tell you…Continue

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Comment by LindaLou on April 14, 2016 at 2:57am
Hi Ron… I am thrilled to have just found this group just this morning… The timing could not be more perfect… Let me share a little bit about my story, OK?

On May 8 of this year will be four years since my John passed away unexpectedly of complications following a bone marrow transplant 18 months earlier.....it was such a shock to lose him because he had been declared cancer free and cleared to go back to work in the end of May 2012....We were looking forward to getting our life back on track after a very difficult previous 2 1/2 years. However on May 1 I found my husband and respiratory failure and he passed away a week later… I was devastated...I could not understand how the God we loved and loved us could cure him of his deadly cancer yet take him as a result of a complication of the treatment that cure his cancer to begin with… I struggled with that for a very long time and after ahile had to come to the realization that there were no answers to my many questions.

So I allowed myself to just be in my grief and to try to figure out how I was going to re-create a new life for myself… My John and I had only been married almost 5 years when he passed away… Yet we have had such a full life and we were planning a wonderful future together… Our marriage was a second marriage for both of us… And we had remarried again when we were both in our 50s… He was 56 years old when he passed …

2 1/2 years into my grief journey a… Another member of the Bible study my husband and I were in lost his wife unexpectedly… He had been a caregiver for her for several years… Though she had her many health issues… Her passing away was still unexpected… About six months after his wife passed away I noticed on Facebook that he was really struggling with his grief… He had let our Bible study group know that he wanted to be left alone for a while… However after six months and I saw his difficult posts… I did reach out to him and ask if he was ready to talk to someone who has been where he's been… At that time I was almost 2 years out from the loss of my John… my friend took me up on my offer and reach back out to me and we started to meet monthly for lunch… Sometimes we talked about our losses and how we were coping and other times we just spent time together chatting… About four months later he told me that he could no longer see me… Which I was OK with though I was perplexed… Thinking that maybe I was pushing him too hard down his own journey of grief… As I was turning away from him to go into my house, as he was dropping me off, after going out to dinner… He grabbed my elbow … And said " No, I think you are misunderstanding me, I can't continue to see you the way we've been seeing each other… I think I'm starting to have feelings for you… And I would like to explore those more… And the only way I think that I can do that is if we are dating. "
Well, to be honest, I was shocked… As I never thought that he would ever want to be with anyone other than his precious late wife, Judy... Both my husband and I knew Judy as my husband and I were in the same Bible study group as as them.....and I never really thought of this man assomebody that I would be attracted to yet I knew that he was a good man that treated his wife like a queen… Though I also had to admit to myself that I truly enjoyed his company and always look forward to our get togethers....
So I told him when he made his declaration of what he wanted to do next… And that was to transition to dating… That I needed time to think about it… So the following week we sat down in his car and had a very frank discussion… We talked about the fact that he had only lost his wife seven months before .... We talked about our age difference as he is 11 years older than me… We talked about the fact that I am working and have a very busy work schedule and personal life schedule and he was retired…
To be continued......
Comment by Doug02122014 on April 13, 2016 at 5:11pm
Tia33,

Your relationship sounds so much like mine. I am the one that is like you and my bride "Tamela" of about 6-1/2 months now (we got married on 9/26/2015) is like your boyfriend. My wife Tamela has never been married either. She doesn't know anyone besides my 2 daughters and my relatives. We live in my house that I bought with my late wife; giving me "Home Court Advantage". (I plan to elaborate more on "Home Court Advantage" in a different heading). We only see my relatives on occasion so that leaves me. I sense that you are feeling like me in the new relationship; smothered. I was married 19+ years the 1st time and I thought I would hit the ground running on this marriage thing. I was so wrong. Completely different people + completely different circumstances = completely different everything. I'm back at square one on the marriage thing.

I do remember the first few years in my 1st marriage and the same feeling of being smothered. It took several years for my first wife "Darlene" to ease up on me.

I have talked about this with Tamela and it's great that we did because it gives each other a glimpse into the other person's perspective.

The best advice I have so far is to talk to each other about everything so you both can learn each other inside and out. Keep in mind that these "Little Talks" as I like to call them need to be kept as non-judgmental as possible. I may not always agree with her position on something and vise versa but it makes us both think and try to see things as each other do. Then we can work on meeting in the middle.

Thanks for joining the group.

You have me thinking about many more topics for the group.

Take care.

Doug
Comment by Lostwithoutyou<3 on April 13, 2016 at 3:15pm
Tia33- I was just wondering if you had much judgement from people about dating too soon. I too started dating right away but felt like I needed to hide it.
Comment by Don on April 13, 2016 at 11:25am

I can relate to him.    We are both "needy", which is not a bad thing if both in a couple are that way.    My  Maxine and I grew to be that way  -  we had each other and did not need anyone else to complete our lives.   It would be good for you to try to be like him and he like you.   Eventually a harmonious relationship may develop with great benefits.    We started out being "independent" but that is not what marriage should be about.  It should be about TOGETHERNESS.   

Comment by Tia33 on April 13, 2016 at 10:44am

Hi Doug and members! I am happy to have found this group as I am looking forward in discussing my new committed relationship and hopefully gain some advice from you. I have discussed finding someone new in other groups, but some people were offended and it is completely understandable. Of course like everyone that's here in WV has lost someone very special and is trying to cope by any means and everyone's coping is different. For me, I just choose to be happy and I wanted a companion to be happy with. The pic that you see is of me and my new beau he is a little younger than I- about 4 years younger. I am 33 with two children and he has one. My husband past June of last year and we started dating August of last year and became serious and committed in October and it's been difficult. He's never been married so he just doesn't have a clue. However, he has such good qualities, we have fun together, our kids love each other, and we have so much in common. The difficult part is basically trying to become in tune with one another, trying to understand what we both expect from one another. I really don't expect a lot, but he wants to be in every aspect of my life and he wants me in every aspect of his.. My husband was sort of a laid back person and just kind of let me do my own thing while my new beau wants to be everywhere with me and it's just different. I keep reminding myself that this is a whole new relationship and I really want it to work. Any advice would be helpful-We're supposed to move in together in September and I really want us to workout.   

Peace & Blessings-Tia

Comment by Don on February 19, 2016 at 2:02pm

What's something older people can to do help their memory?

  • Your Answer: All of the above

1- Do a word puzzle. 2- Take a brisk walk. Brain teasers and physical activity can both help maintain mental function and preserve memory. 3- Meditation can benefit seniors with memory problems in just eight weeks.

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(Be an Equal opportunity offender.)

Comment by Don on February 11, 2016 at 8:43am

Thank you Doug;

I had lunch yesterday with an 84 year old lady and it was pleasant .   She is an avid dancer.

I have been dating a very nice lady in Redding, CA  (I've taught her to kayak, and we hike, swim and bike ) but she  does not want to  marry again so I shall keep on looking.    So, if there are any ladies in the age bracket of 75 to 86 who are wanting to marry again, it would be a blessing to learn about them.

Comment by Damianino! on February 11, 2016 at 8:23am

Aloha, members,

I guess technically I am a member since I have dated twice since my loss (21 March2014) even though I am in a lot of quandary how I will eventually get hitched...  :-(  I am ready and I know I am ready but I guess I have not yet hit on the right partner...i.e. still waiting for some level of chemistry to spark the potential inferno!  Initially after staying alone for a while I began to be  comfortable with living alone even though the loneliness was crushing.  I think there is a bit of some fear as well... fear of what I am yet to decipher.  But all points considered, I am looking willing and ready...

Comment by Doug02122014 on February 10, 2016 at 7:18pm
lpow,

I was a long-term caregiver & typically we as a group tend to get back out there quicker. With that said I went out on my 1st. date about 3 months after loss and the only reason I did was to get family off my back. I was one of those people who said that I was never going to date again. I said I was too broken and had too much baggage for anyone to give me the time of day. Then one night I was talking to another Widville member on the phone and it occurred to me that I didn't want to remain alone the rest of my life.

I will say that after the first date I got hit with a lot of grief. I felt like I had cheated on my late wife Darlene. Then again when I ended the relationship I got knocked back to square one in grief feeling like I had just lost my wife all over. No winning in grief.
Comment by Doug02122014 on February 10, 2016 at 7:05pm
Don,
Yes it is permissible to reveal you want to remarry here. In fact I find it inspirational given your age. I hear from too many young people that Oh, I'm 40-something, I'm 50-something, etc., etc. and all the excuses of why they shouldn't remarry. Funny thing is some of these people who use to tell me they were too old are members of this group. You are never too old or too broken to find love again.

I'm glad you mentioned that you are on Match.com because I am on Christian Mingle & I need to get that account closed out now that I'm remarried.

Crazy thing about my Christian Mingle profile:

My (new) wife Tamela saw my profile and out of frustration with others dismissed me thinking I wouldn't give her the time of day. Then 2-weeks later mutual friends of ours set us up on a blind date. We lived 600 miles apart.
 

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