A widow is confronted with filing taxes without her husband — and the surprising sense of loss.
In the eight months since my husband's sudden death, I made it through the first Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter. For each one, I had friends and family in place to spend time with. The last thing on my mind was the need to be prepared for grieving around the "first" tax preparation.
When you get divorced, your friends will encourage you to start dating again as soon as you're ready — possibly even sooner than that. But when your spouse passes away, things can be a little more complicated, a little less clear. A widow may wonder, when is the appropriate time to start dating again?
Is dating a widow the same as dating a divorcee? Here are 10 differences between the two.
Six months after my husband died, I decided to venture out into the single’s world. I sauntered into a swanky downtown Chicago restaurant with a divorced female friend. She left me perched on a bar stool to go to the restroom. I stared at the glassware on the shelves behind the bar and a guy suddenly appeared, “So when did you get divorced?
I replied, “I didn’t get divorced.”
He said, “Well where’s your husband?”
How I found strength in pain and learned to ride life's most tumultuous waves.
I'm Jodie Rodenbaugh and this is my story. It's a story that only I direct. This is my story of feeling stripped of everything I once knew. My experience left me naked and vulnerable, but through that pain, I found strength from a power much greater than myself.
Why you should relax despite all of dating's unknowns ...
When you haven't dated for some time, the idea of getting back out there can feel overwhelming. The best dating advice I can give is to take the pressure off yourself and the dating process. Sure, it sounds simple, but it can completely change your experience and improve your odds of success. Here's how.
I’m in the business of love. But even though it’s my profession, it also becomes personal. My emotions get tangled in the cords that are my clients’ heartstrings. As an advisor along their heart’s journey, I feel along with them: When they’re in love, I radiate; when their hearts break, mine chips.
How the stereotype of the "typical" single mother limits our understanding of families today
An opinion article by Katie Roiphe, called "In defense of single motherhood," was published in the New York Times this week (Sunday Review section, 8/12/12). Several points I appreciated are: 1) the all-too-common "lack of imagination about what family can be..." 2) the fact that women move in and out of singleness, whether via divorce, death of a spouse, romantic attachments' forming and dissolving...
Saying the right things on a first date can be difficult.
You don't want to offend, bore or otherwise turn off this new person in your life. If you're attracted to him or her, you probably want a second date (and maybe even a relationship at some point in the future).
Maybe you just met this person and you'd like to get to know him or her a little better. The same impulse to avoid what would push this person away from you applies.