And Michelle, a 41-year-old trainee nurse, believes that the bereaved deserve the right to happiness. But that doesn't rule out a new love.' Michelle and Jon, a tall, bespectacled man who worked in the construction industry, met on a night out in their home town of Hull in October 2003.
'Of course, I understand why people might be scandalised,' she says quietly. I didn't for a second imagine falling in love again - ever. 'At first Jon's friend, Adrian, was just a link to Jon. But when your emotions are so raw, inhibitions fall away. Divorced and with a young son, Michelle was wary of embarking on a new relationship. He would rush to open car doors and insisted on paying when we went out for dates.
Lost in her grief, she found herself drawn to the one man who could comfort her.
It is, she says, exactly what Jon would have wanted.
Earlier this month Barbara Want, the widow of broadcaster Nick Clarke, revealed in the Mail how she began a relationship with a new man just five months after the death of her husband from cancer, but admitted she struggled hugely with feelings of guilt as a result.
Golfer Darren Clarke found happiness with a new partner just four months after the death of his wife Heather from breast cancer, while Nigella Lawson moved in with Charles Saatchi nine months after losing her husband John Diamond.
While she says that finding solace with another man has helped her to deal with her devastation, some may feel uncomfortable about a widow embarking on a new love affair only a month after her husband's death.
Jon's mother, Val, has been so hurt by her daughter-in-law's behaviour that she has cut off all contact. Yet she is not alone in seeking romance soon after losing her husband.
He’s probably worried that they’ll think he’s moving on too fast or, perhaps, won’t be open to the idea of seeing him with someone else.
'Next to my baby, he seemed the closest thing I had to Jon. But as the weeks passed and the relationship continued, attitudes hardened.
But I can honestly swear there was nothing inappropriate about our behaviour.' Jon's relatives and the couple's other friends, however, drew their own conclusions. 'So I didn't feel embarrassed.' However, raw emotions came to the surface when Michelle and Adrian took her son Sam on a day trip to the beach three weeks after Jon's death. 'People made terribly hurtful comments,' says Michelle. 'Then Jon's mother, Val, stopped calling or visiting.
'We were lying in bed when he said he wanted me to meet someone else after he was gone,' says Michelle.
'He said I deserved to be happy again.' One can only imagine, however, that he was relieved by Michelle's response.