A person might expect mixed levels of acceptance/rejection from different people in the family.These mixed levels of acceptance and rejection are things you can talk about and reassure everyone of your intentions and non-intentions.
Or better yet, they sit in the comfort of their own home, surf the web, and hunt you through your status updates and Facebook photos you get tagged in. Yes, that was us in the Dominican, frolicking on the beach. While I’d like to believe the best in everyone, that they are merely looking out for me, I am not so naive.
Many times it can be easier long-term to date a widowed person because there is no "ex" in the picture.
If the person has children this creates a new dynamic as with any relationship.
They even made the time to meet the new boyfriend and have dinner with us.
Every situation is different and I would emphasize that not all in-laws are the same. I left the pictures up all over the house, I kept his wedding ring in my jewellery box, I carried his love letters in my purse.
Having kids can add a whole other dimension to this one and since Craig and I didn’t have any, I can’t speak to that situation directly. To me, this was a part of my life and part of who I was (and still am). For some reason, my boyfriend wasn’t too bothered and months later as things began to get more serious I began to phase some of my late husband’s things out of obvious display, more out of respect for my new boyfriend than anything else.