Along with the ability to ascend socio-economically, widows—who were "presumably celibate"—were much more able (and likely) to challenge conventional sexual behaviour than married women in their society.
However, that shouldn’t stop you from pursuing a relation with a widow or widower. Unless you are recently single, your dating skills should include the ability to be still and let this wonderful human being move toward you." Ask questions early on Susan Shapiro Barash, author of and a professor at Marymount Manhattan College says "It’s best to be forthright…".
Ask questions about the wife/husband, how long did the marriage last, how long has he/she been a widow/widower.
"If your new love interest constantly talks about the former spouse, this is not good.
"If after a few months of dating, this goes on and the deceased partner’s clothes are still in the closet or his or her voice is still on the message machine, it’s a sign that [your date] is not ready to move on." According to experts, the key to creating a healthy relationship is " is to manage your own emotions while giving your date some time to manage his or hers".
In some patriarchal societies, widows may maintain economic independence.
A woman would carry on her spouse's business and be accorded certain rights, such as entering guilds.In societies where the husband is the sole provider, his death can leave his family destitute.The tendency for women generally to outlive men can compound this, since men in many societies marry women younger than themselves.More recently, widows of political figures have been among the first women elected to high office in many countries, such as Corazón Aquino or Isabel Martínez de Perón.In 19th-century Britain, widows had greater opportunity for social mobility than in many other societies.It’s definitely a delicate balancing act, but it’s not impossible.