You should definitely go out of your way to make your friend feel special beyond just being a friend.

If they feel pressured it may not only turn them off from dating you but they may stop hanging out with you as a friend as well.

This is something you definitely want to avoid so it’s imperative that you approach the situation with caution.

If they seem open to the possibility then dating your friend may be a reality in the near future.

Once you have established a more concrete relationship with your friend and feel as though it’s safe to express your feelings do it privately and in a special way.

Also, if the person was terminally ill and that illness took a long time to run it’s course, the widowed person may have done a lot of grieving prior to the actual occurrence of death and might be ready to date earlier than ‘the experts’ predict.

For me, it was 18 months before I considered dating again.How long does a widow/widower typically wait to start dating again? I was lonely for several years before my husband died.I would have been dating again within a year if I had not been in a car accident that put me out of action for 9 months.When you have romantic feelings for someone it can be heart breaking to be put in the friend zone.However, many friendships due to lead to romantic encounters and even marriage but that don’t mean the relationship will last if not done properly.You need to consider all aspects of what can and may go wrong in order to decide if the risk is worth the chance of possibly getting your soul mate.