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It was always going to happen one day, you probably used to joke about it … “if I go first make sure you look after my veggie garden”.

You spent the last 40, 50 or 60 years with the love of your life, and he or she has passed on. The funeral has been and gone, your family rallied around to keep you company for a while but they have returned to their busy lives. Fast forward a year or two and you find yourself alone, without a significant other and you come to the realisation that you are lonely.

Many seniors who have experienced long and happy marriages assume they will never consider a new relationship when they first lose their loved one. However given time and healing, seniors may find themselves wanting to be involved in a new relationship, this is perfectly normal and healthy. If the partner we lost loved and cared for us, they would want us to live out the rest of our life happy.

Don’t be afraid …

Of finding new love, after all these are your golden years and you deserve to live them out alongside good company. Your friends and family may be surprised, but more often than not they will be supportive of your new found love. In some cases, an adult child may find it rather difficult at first to see their parent dating someone new. It is normal for them to feel a slight sense of betrayal, but in most cases, with time those feelings will pass as your son or daughter gets to know your new partner. It is important to remind yourself this is your life, and you have a right to be happy.

There are many places to find new love. Think about the places you visit regularly such as your local RSL or Bowls Club. Additionally, there are plenty of internet dating sites dedicated to the over 50s and 60s and beyond, where many seniors have successfully found love. Check out these sites below. We wish you all the best with your search for love.

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