Two sharp blows that had left her alone in her late 50s. His cancer took him swiftly, before she had time to process what was happening.
It had been over two years since the death of her husband of 20 years; four, since she had lost her mother.
Dwight is one of millions of singles of all ages who are playing the cyberfield.
Whether you like blondes or have a preference for brunettes from Russia, you can easily browse through 1000s of personals to find the perfect lady for you.
I'm a bit of a sports nut, but never let it run my life ...' 'I'm a kid at heart.' 'I've got everything from Depeche Mode and The Smiths to Tracey Lawrence and Enigma in my CD player.' Dwight, an Internet developer in his 20s, sure hopes this online personal ad will pique some young woman's interest.
Especially one who could ignite a few romantic sparks in his life and just maybe turn out to be the woman of his dreams.
Singles Web sites all report a dramatic rise in traffic within the past year.
Since Nora Epron's romantic comedy "You've Got Mail" opened in movie theaters last month, some sites report as much as a 30 percent surge.