Dear Gay Agony Uncle
My partner passed away just before the summer last year, we were together for 14 years and had a very happy relationship. It was a short illness that took him, however it wasn’t really a shock as he was 18 years older than me and I’m now 55.
My friends and family have been very supportive, and over Christmas one friend said I should get out and meet some other single guys. In January I tentatively set up a dating profile and surprisingly I met a guy who’s a similar age to me and we’ve started dating. Although I’m still processing the death of my partner, I’m starting to fall for this new guy.
I introduced him to a small group of friends last weekend, it all went well until some photos of the group were posted on social media. One of his family is outraged that I’m seeing someone new so soon after his death. My partner’s niece posted nasty comments that I only stayed with my partner for his money. She was very annoyed she didn’t get left any money when my partner died.
I feel pressured to calm things down with this new chap, but, I really like him. We’re not on the verge of moving in together or anything like that. What should I do?
There is nothing wrong in continuing life after the death of a partner. If you were planning a wedding with this new chap then I would suggest calming things, however you still need to live your life. Surround yourself with good friends who give positive emotional support.
As to the niece, either disregard her comments or close her down. Don’t fuel the fire as one snarky comment could result in tit for tat family issue.
Enjoy developing your new relationship and rebuilding your new life.
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