February 21, 2024

A Second Chance at Love: The Beginners Guide to Widowed Dating


This week on Wake the F*** Up, Alix and David sit down with Abel Keough, a remarried widower who has successfully helped thousands of women know if the widowers they’re dating are ready for a serious relationship. Before we dive in to the rest of the episode, we want to give a content warning that this episode contains discussions about suicide as well as infant loss; topics which may be triggering to some of our listeners. Feel free to skip this episode if you need to, or come back when you’re ready.

To kick off the conversation, Abel shares his personal experience as a remarried widower and discusses his work in helping women navigate relationships with widowers. He has written several books, including “The Wife in the Next Life” and “The Ultimate Dating Guide for Widowers,” and hosts a YouTube channel (@DatingaWidower) full of helpful resources for the widower community, many of which have resonated with Alix. The three move on to discuss the challenges faced by young widowers, the lack of resources available to them, and the importance of setting boundaries with friends and family during the grieving process.

Later in the podcast, Abel shares his story of losing his pregnant wife to suicide and navigating life after her death. He talks about finding support systems that are understanding and helpful, as well as finding ways to cope with grief such as running or journaling. The conversation also touches on topics like loneliness in grief, shame around suicide deaths, redefining relationships after loss, and starting to date again. Abel emphasizes that there is no specific timeline for when someone should start dating again but cautions against getting into serious relationships too quickly before being emotionally ready. He also advises open communication about dating with family members in order to avoid feelings of betrayal or mistrust later on. Alix and David can relate! Both hosts share their own experiences with anger towards their late spouses and discuss how they worked through it over time.

Abel is the author of four dating guides, a memoir about losing his late wife to suicide and falling in love again, and co-author of a book with his wife, Julianna, about the struggles and questions they had to overcome to take their relationship from dating to marriage. His Dating a Widower YouTube channel contains over 200 videos and valuable advice for widowers and the women who are dating or married to them.

Suicide prevention resources:

  • If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the 988 Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.
  • Call or text 988 to get help. The 988 Lifeline is available for everyone, is free, and confidential. Or visit https://988lifeline.org/ for more resources.
  • Visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention website to find a local chapter, get immediate help, or find resources for survivors of suicide loss.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Other resources mentioned in this episode:

Working on your mindfulness and wellbeing? Want to go deeper with Wake? We are here to help! Get 7 days free on the Wake App on Apple or Android.


More episodes
April 24, 2024

Tune in to You: How to Listen to Your Mind and Body

April 17, 2024

Anxiety Q&A with Alix and David

April 10, 2024

Polyvagal theory: Body Responses and Coping Strategies for Anxiety

Wake Up Your Inbox

Subscribe to the Wake Wellness newsletter for educational and inspirational resources delivered right to your inbox

By pressing Subscribe, you confirm that you have read and accept our Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy and consent to receive regular updates from WAKE Wellness.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

coming soon

get updates