Some people take years, others take weeks, and then there are those who choose never to date again.
It can also bring out feelings of confusion and concern from friends, family and those who were close to the deceased spouse.
When I knew I was ready to start to date again, I had frank discussions with my children about going on without their dad.
It had been 11 years since I had been with anyone other than my husband.
I took the year after his death to learn how to deal with being thrown into the full-time roles of parent, homemaker, animal caregiver, appointment scheduler, and child activity manager, as well as the sole financial provider.
There is no specific time period one should wait before dating again.
The right amount of time to grieve is different for everyone, and at some point, a person just needs to be allowed to be happy again.
Dating after the death of a spouse can be an awkward experience.It can bring out feelings of guilt or betrayal in the widow or widower.I assured them that while there is a part of me that will always love their dad, it would be unrealistic to think I would live my life alone and sad.I have shown them that life is for living and we will continue to do just that.Jessica Bemis is a full-time, working mom of two who lost her husband to testicular cancer in November 2011.Since then, Jessica has been sharing her story on her blog, Hope for Young Widows and working to bring awareness and hope to women and men who have lost their spouses to cancer.