Mar 01, 2015 - 07:42 AM
If the partner was ill for a very long time it is possible that the surviving partner has been grieving a lot longer than other family members.
They may be able to accept a new relationship much sooner than other family members. It is also possible that in a senior community they have been a member of a support group and have bonded with others going through the same thing. If a relationship develops because of this it is understandable and comforting to both.
Some will never have another long relationship others will. Some may take a long time to find another companion and someone else may find one sooner than family is ready to accept what they may percieve as a "replacement"
My suggestion is if you are asking about this about your parent..stay out of it, accept the friends that support them and provide companionship and enjoyment. If you are asking about this for yourself, only you know what feels right and don't let anyone tell you your feelings are wrong, too soon or disrespectful.