The 4 Stages of Post-Loss Dating

October 23, 2014 4:25 PM

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The 4 Stages of Post-Loss Dating

I stood before a group of 30-40 widows and widowers in a brightly-lit Toronto hotel conference room, my PowerPoint presentation on a large screen behind me, not exactly the atmosphere you might choose to talk about post-loss dating. This was my first-ever dating workshop, and I was filling in for the woman who normally conducts the dating workshops at Camp Widow. I wasn't sure how it would be possible encapsulate my own 10 or so years of dating after my husband Arron's death, but several weeks of thinking about it helped me narrow my focus. I applied my mantra of "what would I have wanted to know?" as I started out in the dating world.

1. Curiosity This is where the numbness of grief has begun to dissipate and we begin to get out into the world again. Perhaps we can't begin to imagine a day when we might ever be ready to date again, but we find ourselves curious about it. We hone our hearing to perk up at any conversation having t...

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