"A Mourning Moment" by Bob Willis
I have seen it happen many times, even in my wife's family. Several years after my father-in-law died, my mother-in-law met and married a nice gentleman whose wife had also died.
We watched as they traveled the country, experiencing things together like a couple of newly-weds.
Both families knew it was impossible to "replace" loved ones who had died. In fact, there were very intentional efforts to always blend families and memories into the new relationship.
This is what we noticed about the relationship..."it added years to their lives and life to their years"! Having someone to experience life with is very valuable on many levels. It can improve the outlook on life, and it can enrich each day.
It is impossible to "replace" someone who dies. Not everyone is comfortable with a new relationship, and that is OK. But, there should never be judgement against those who choose to step into a new relationship. Just because something is different, and something we would never do...does not make it wrong for others.
"And now these three remain; faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love"
( I Corinthians 13:13)
Bob Willis, author
"A Guide for Grievers"
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