Caution: you may not believe this warning but hear me out. Just because you are newly single and female whether it is due to divorce or to the death of your spouse, you do not have to go out or spend time with any man in your life who asks you. First of all that person is not being very sensitive about your situation and they may be assigning motives to you that you do not have. They maybe projecting their needs and wants onto you and an acceptance by you of an invitation is seen as consent in their eyes to something more than a mere friendly outing.
Date rape is another name for a kind of rape; but the woman who gets raped has consented to go somewhere with someone where she will be alone with him and he sees it as an invitation or opportunity to satisfy his needs and does not accept her refusal of his advances towards her as “No”. because he sees her agreeing to go out with him as a tacit agreement to take the relationship a step further one that she finds out once they are alone together that she is not willing to take; but feels forced to comply with to get out of the situation safely. But of course, it is not true. It never was safe to have to cooperate with a “date rapist.” .
This may lead to women in this situation to requiring a chaperon or only going out with other women or in groups and never getting off by themselves with a man. Some perceive a newly divorced woman or newly widowed woman as “open season” to try to get them into bed and any response no matter how timid by the woman is seen as an acceptance of the inevitable outcome anticipated by the man. I am not considering that women in this situation should remain celebrate for the rest of their lives; but they have to be cautious and may not be as perceptive of any ulterior motives in wanting to cheer them up and to get them out of the house.
Men, not to leave you out of the equation. I have heard of newly single men getting gifts of food delivered to their door by many different women and possibly the offer to satisfy some of their needs now they don’t have a woman in the house. Don’t believe that these gifts and offers don’t come with the assumption that the acceptance of such gifts and offers don’t come with the implication that you want more than that from these women.
Leopards, male and female, can change their spots when they learn that somebody is free game. With young people in some families courtships are very thoroughly investigated and chaparoned. If you are older, this still might not be bad advice for you. With a such an upheaval in the one’s life, one can be very vulnerable and can often make poor decisions while he or she is already under stress. I know of people who have done this and it seems to be best to wait a year or two before making any commitments. When it comes to divorce, people often get into the same type of relationship they had with their previous marital partner and don’t find this out until after they have made the mistake of getting attached to someone prematurely.
No, it is not true that all men are only looking for sex in a relationship and that all women who are single want to latch on to the next free man as a meal ticket.
PS: people often grieve after losing a relationship and grief comes in many “flavors.” What is appropriate for one might not be appropriate for someone else. If this happens to you or has happened to you, take your time, allow your grief to have an outlet (grief kept in can cause tremendous damage not only to the person who does this but also to the other remaining family members that they have contact with). Watch out for “shoulds” and quick fixes for your problems offered by somebody who really doesn’t know what he or she is talking about.
Always watch out for people who immediately say that they know what your problem is and that they can solve it for you. Everybody’s problems are different. Some people get a “charge” out of telling other people what to do and criticizing them if they don’t do it and/or decide to do something else. A good resource is Dr. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s material on death and dying where you will find her five stages of grief explained. Grief occurs after divorce too. Another resource is a group of widows and/or widowers who are all going through the same things. For divorced persons and widows and widowers with children, there is another possible resource, Parents Without Partners.