Dating someone dealing with grief

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It is very much in vogue today to encourage men to openly express their feelings, but in practice few men do so.

Even in the face of tragic loss, many men in our society still feel the need to be self-contained, stoic and to express little or no outward emotion.

It is widely known that men and women grieve differently and being in a relationship with someone who has lost a loved one can be particularly challenging, be it from a male or female perspective.

Whether you are both grieving together or in a new relationship with someone who is grieving ’alone’ this information may help you to traverse the journey together.

After a painstakingly long pause, I blurted out an answer I knew would damper the mood on our first date.

“Well, I had one brother, but he passed away a few years ago at the age of 13.” Awkward pause.

This brochure will help you know what to do and say as you offer your love and companionship to your friend.

The grief experience naturally creates a turning inward and slowing down on the part of the mourner, a temporary self-focus that is vital to the ultimate healing process. Masculinity is equated with striving, moving and activity.The outward expression of grief is called mourning. Just concentrate on the words that are being shared with you.All men grieve when someone they love dies, but if they are to heal, they must also mourn. Let him know that in your presence at least, it's OK for him to express whatever feelings he might have-sadness, anger, guilt, fear.Keogh recommends taking things slow with a widower, especially during the first few months of a relationship.Even if your guy tells you that he is in love and ready to start a new life, he may not be ready to move on. You may feel the urge to take control and be the one who makes all the plans in your relationship, when dating a widower.No two people grieve in the same way, or at the same pace.Based on social cues and family traditions, men and women may find an extra challenge in understanding the grief experienced and expressed by the other gender.This wasn’t the first time the death of my brother brought down a casual dinner date.While most serious relationships I’ve had have not been negatively affected by the loss I still carry with me every day, I fear that possible relationships have been quelled by this unexpected disclosure.As we enter the holiday season, many of us struggle with how to manage our own grief as well as the grief of people we love.How should we include our loved one’s memory in our celebrations?

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