My mother passed away when I was in high school. A few years later my father remarried; I am fortunate to have my stepmom in my family and my life. Today is their tenth anniversary and I am glad that they found each other. While remarriage isn’t right for everyone, I think it’s a bummer when people categorically rule it out – particularly for others.
1.) It’s someone to be with, in accordance with the traditional – or otherwise – vows and expectations.
2.) Partner benefits! Impersonal things like insurance, but also having a safe ride home after a dental procedure.
3.) A companionship, both for the bride and groom, but also their families. For example, I LOVE Scrabble, but my dad abhors the game and will not play it – with me or anyone else. However, my stepmom also loves Scrabble, so sometimes we ditch my dad and make some words out of letter tiles.
4.) Instead of a family becoming smaller, it becomes larger.
5.) In this case, remarriage is a tribute to how great a first/previous marriage was. Both my dad and stepmom had very full and loving first marriages; it is a sign of respect to their late spouses that they wanted to be married again.