It's important to remember, though, that moving on is not about ‘replacing’ or ‘forgetting’ about your loved one – it's about allowing yourself room for both treasured memories and new happiness.
This can mean different things for different people: some may want to get remarried, while others might want to start with friendship and go from there.
But it can be a long, slow process to find a new partner who understands and accepts what you have been through.
And there will inevitably be some guilt, some practical hurdles and some emotional highs and lows to navigate along the way.
If you're dating a widower or widow as someone who has themselves lost a partner, it pays to remember that everyone copes with grief and loss differently.
Be sure to let your partner specify how they want to remember or honor their lost spouse, and tell your new partner how you like to pay respects to yours.
So the best advice is to proceed with caution and to make sure you’re ready before you take the plunge.Others report that potential dates run a mile when they say they've been widowed. Follow some basic on-line dating rules: Always meet up with someone in a public place the first time you meet. Get them to call you during the date in case you need an excuse for a hasty exit! Moving on from losing a partner is one of the hardest things a person can deal with.As psychotherapist Hilda Burke explains, everyone's experience is different and there are no hard rules about when to move on.There are discussion threads about new relationships on our Members’ Only website and on our closed Facebook page too – dealing with topics ranging from telling the in-laws about a new romance to when is the right time to take off your wedding ring.