I don’t know if there is any church guidance on this issue, but I am curious what others think. An acquaintance of mine lost her husband suddenly in an accident about six months back. She is a SAHM with three small kids and is in her early thirties.
Within in two months of his death, she began dating someone new. As far as I know, they don’t have an intimate relationship, but she views him as more than a friend and as a potential new husband. She made the somewhat questionable decision to tell her late husband’s family that she is seeing someone. They were extremely angry and upset, swore at her, accused her of cheating on their son while he was alive and of disrespecting his memory. It’s put some distance between her kids and their grandparents at a time when the kids need so much support.
So, does the church have anything to say on this issue? Since marriage is “until death do us part,” it would seem that once a spouse has died, the other is free to see other people. I know a year of mourning used to be considered customary, but was that just a tradition or any sort of rule? I know she is young and lonely, and I don’t begrudge her companionship, but two months just seems too soon