Whether you’re separated, bereaved, or have been single for some time, it’s never too late to start a new relationship.
It’s not unusual to feel lonely, particularly if you’ve just lost a partner or decided to go your separate ways.
Check out a few different websites before choosing one to try. For most dating websites you’ll need to create a personal profile, which other users will be able to view.You can put up a photo, write about your interests, and indicate what type of person you’d like to meet.If you’ve been bereaved, you may need to give yourself a chance to adjust to what has happened.See our pages on bereavement for more information about coping with loss.If you don't have one, ask a friend or relative if they can help.
Once you’ve set up a profile, you’ll be able to send and receive messages.You may have more free time and want to share that time with somebody, or you may miss having physical contact.But the thought of meeting someone new can feel daunting, especially if you’ve spent years in the same relationship or been on your own for a long time.If you’re looking to meet a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) partner, or just want to meet new people, you could try Stonewall’s website to find community groups for older LGBT people in your area.Most dating websites can be used to find same-sex as well as opposite sex partners.Just remember there’s no rush - take your time to be sure it feels right before you get serious with someone.