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WELCOME was founded in 2004 by a widow for the exclusive purpose of helping widows and widowers to start dating again. Since then, it has gone on to bring thousands of people together in a safe and welcoming environment.

Our belief is simple - that by sharing experiences and offering support to each other, lasting friendships can be established and new relationships can flourish.

Whatever stage you may be at, you are sure to find genuine people in your local area who have gone through similar experiences and are looking to start a new chapter in their lives. With a range of subscription options and flexible search parameters, is the ideal place to take that important first step.


  • Free to join, search and setup a profile
  • Free to send introductory messages
  • 1,000's of members
  • Personal recommendations
  • Each profile checked for authenticity
  • Search by town, city or county
  • Free around the clock customer
  • Helpful dating tips and advice
  • Mobile dating
  • Keep a dating diary
  • Member spotlight feature
  • Safe and secure payment system


Join our community across the web and connect with other followers.


"It turned out that our children had known each other at school; now it looks like we'll be one big happy family."

Derek and Janet

"We discovered a shared interest in deep-sea diving, and now we'll soon be off to the Great Barrier Reef on our honeymoon."

Mike and Suzie

"We spent quite a while exchanging messages before we arranged to meet and now we're planning our first holiday together."

Ben and Nicole

"The prospect of finding somebody new seemed daunting, but I soon realised that this was the step I needed to take."


"Communicating with others who have been through a similar experience to my own has helped restore my confidence and sense of optimism."



Being Single

The period immediately following bereavement is inevitably taken up with getting the business end of our lives in good order. I was fortunate enough to have plenty of help with this and I had good support from friends and family to help me come to terms with my new life. During this period I had little time to think too much about what it really meant to be single again.

However, life gradually takes on a different perspective and I found myself spending longer periods of time on my own than I had previously been used to. It is not unusual to experience feelings of awkwardness at this time; I found dinner parties were no longer the convivial occasion they once were and weddings and other major events became something I dreaded rather than looked forward to. So what to do?

No one has ever said that taking the initial steps to meet other single people is easy and understandably, should be taken with forethought and caution. Fortunately, dating websites are a tried and tested way of achieving this at your own pace; and for those of us who have lost a life partner, a dating website specifically for widows and widowers is a good first step. The new friends you will be making will have a first-hand understanding of how you are feeling and are more likely to be empathetic to the inevitable emotional struggle that may occur in the early stages of friendship.  

When you’re ready to take this first step, having the courage to join a dating website could be the best way to open your life up to new possibilities. In time, hopefully, you will find the connections you are looking for and rediscover what it’s like to be part of a couple again. Only you will know when the time is right.


Why I Set Up WOW


In 2004, having been encouraged by friends to seek out a new partner, I discovered that there were no dating websites specifically for widows and widowers. As I had experienced loss and been through the grieving process, I felt that starting new relationships would be easier with those who had also lost a partner. Seeking a new relationship for those who have been bereaved is not the same as those who are single, separated or divorced and I was convinced that a site specific for those in the same situation was what was needed.

On top of this, I also wanted to encourage people to seek connections with other widows and widowers, as I felt that sharing experiences and offering support to each other would be a great stepping-stone to building lasting friendships. For many, losing their partner can be an isolating process, and bringing people together to simply talk to each other can be very therapeutic.

Since then, WOW has successfully established itself as the leading dating website for widows and widowers; helping thousands of relationships and friendships to be formed. We now have dedicated sites in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa and are committed to improving our service on a daily basis.

Along with the growth of social media, it is becoming even easier to meet like-minded people and I really hope we can interact with each other via the WOW Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages.

As for this Blog, I aim to use it as an outlet for sharing my own experiences of online dating, including guidance and tips that I hope will be helpful.