Wid­ower’s friends should try sym­pa­thy, not shun­ning

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My wife and I were hav­ing din­ner with an­other cou­ple when a con­ver­sa­tion en­sued that di­vided the men’s views from the women’s. It concerned a re­cently wid­owed man (I’ll call him “John”) who is dat­ing a woman from our wives’ cir­cle of friends, “Peggy.” (Peggy is a widow.)

The wives were ap­palled that John has be­gun dat­ing only three months af­ter his wife “Glo­ria’s” death, and in­sisted a woman in his sit­u­a­tion would not. Fur­ther­more, the women went on to ques­tion whether it was ap­pro­pri­ate for him to date within Glo­ria’s cir­cle of friends. Our wives be­lieve that any­one within this cir­cle should be off-lim­its, while we men don’t see it as a prob­lem.

So my ques­tion is: What is the proper pro­to­col? (As an aside, the women now shun both John and Peggy.)

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