However, this also means that when they are in the mood to talk to you about their past and their emotions, that's the sign they view you as somebody who they can count on and confide in.
"The widow or widower is either ready to move on or they're not.
You're not asking them to forget their memories, you're simply asking whether they are ready to start a new relationship and take the next step in their life.
Whilst openness does not necessarily mean a 'clean slate' (they will not and should not have to forget their last partner), it will allow you to begin a 'new chapter'.
"Based on my experience, couples don't fall apart because they fell out of love, but because one of them simply lost respect for the other.
Please be as understanding as you can be about the fact that you may need to invite the family over for important events in your lives.
Treat them as though they were your partner's actual parents and it will prevent you from awkward situations in the future.
Everybody experiences it in different ways and at different times.
It might be that one widowed person is ready to date again within months, while others may still be struggling to move on years after their spouse has passed away.
Accept those nuances as a part of your prospective (or current) partner's life, and you'll really be appreciated for your efforts." Above all, understand that this relationship simply can't be compared to any other, and therefore all the usual dating 'rules' are out the window.
The best thing you can do is just be there, and the rest will work itself out in time.
If you find yourself getting involved with a person who is bereaved by the death of a spouse, your dating experience is probably going to present some unique challenges.