"Mourning and funerals were very formal parts of 19th Century life and there were certain protocols to follow, depending on gender and relationship to the deceased. Women especially were expected to dress and behave a certain way after the passing of a loved one; the protocols and mourning period were more rigid for the death of a husband. Men, on the other hand, were expected to return to daily life as provider for the family and often began new romantic relationships soon after their spouse had died."
Michael Paul Hurd
Lineage Independent Publishing