Worse still, you endured a messy divorce, and along with separating the wedding china, you decided to separate yourself from the rest of humanity.
Or, worst of all, your partner passed away, and the thought of moving on made you feel disloyal and filled you with sadness.
You're lost and you don't know exactly who you are without your ex partner.
The most important thing is not to crumble and despair.
And if you’re at a place where you understand that your dearly departed would want the best for you, that he or she loved you beyond his or her own happiness and genuinely wanted you to have the world, then you’re ready for a fresh start.
However your heart got broken, you need to have made peace with it before successfully getting back in the game.
So if you’ve stopped blaming the world for the woman who cheated on you or the man who treated you badly, and now realize that one individual doesn’t represent all of humankind, you’re ready to try again.
To help you along the way, Web MD offers these tips from the experts on how to get started. San Francisco psychologist Jonathan Rosenfeld points out that dating is a numbers game: You're probably going to have to meet a lot of people before you find someone you really like.
"If you are a busy adult with work you're committed to, and children at home, then you have to make dating efficient," Rosenfeld says.