Relationships after the death of a spouse_Question

Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at 4:14 am.

Dr. Beth, I am in my mid-70s and my wife died 7 years ago.  We had been married 45 years and had a really good marriage for the most part.  She was my best friend and my partner in life and I still miss her, though I think I have adjusted my life so that I am OK even though she is gone.  In the last couple of years I have dated a couple of women and they have been very nice and interested in me, but I find I just don’t have the desire to establish another long-term committed relationship or marriage. My heart just isn’t in it.  I enjoy my friends and my time alone which I spend writing, painting and hiking or snowshoeing in the mountains.  I like my solitude and time alone as well as some time with friends.  Is there something wrong with me because I don’t want to date or be seriously involved with someone and I feel content picturing my life without another life partner?

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