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Young widowed and dating

It was also impossible for me to resist thinking ahead – would they get on with my children?

Nevertheless, in the months after my wife's death, a grieving widower was exactly what I was, all the while trying to keep things together to be a good father.

This came out of the blue from my seven-year-old daughter Isabella – but then, little about our recent family life had been expected.

My children lost their mother, Carolina, to breast cancer in June 2013. When she was terminally ill, we left our house, jobs and schools and moved back to the UK from abroad.

It was obvious that for many single women my situation was way too complicated.

After a while, this series of let-downs became rather depressing.

The paying sites such as Match, Zoosk and Soulmates seemed far better in terms of the quality of conversation and there was a greater level of trust, gained by the security of knowing everyone had entered credit card details.

However, the difficulties of online dating in my situation were apparent very quickly: marital status is very prominent on the sites.

And so I launched myself tentatively into the online dating scene, a brave new world to me.