Welcome to the Couple’s Toolbox. Today we’re talking about a difficult topic. Remarriage after the death of a spouse. It’s not an easy thing to move on after you’ve lost a spouse. Today I have a special guest, Dr. Grant Mayne. Dr. Mayne is a Veterinarian and he also happens to be my husband. He’s had personal experience in re-marrying as a widower.
Dr. Mayne was married at 26 years old, and had 2 children. His wife contracted cancer later and died after battling the disease for 3 years. She was only 53 years old.
Steps to take when moving on after the death of a spouse:
Before moving on, be sure you have fully grieved your spouse. Talk to your children about the fact you will be dating and explain it isn’t replacing the parent. Identify the needs and values you have at this stage in your life.
In the first year after the death of a spouse, more than 50% of men began dating again. Only 7% of women did the same.
Within 2 years of the death of a spouse, 61% of men have a steady primary love relationship and 25% have remarried.
Dr. Mayne shares some insights into his first years of remarriage, as well as the adjustments that he and his children had to make. He also shares the changes he encountered in becoming a blended family.
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