Patton Oswalt engagement controversy: When is it too soon to remarry after a spouse’s death?

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, Patton Oswalt, left, and his wife Michelle Eileen McNamara arrive at the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Los Angeles. Oswalt has authored a touching essay for Time that was published on May 3, 2016, nearly two weeks after McNamara's unexpected death. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

In April 2016, Patton Oswalt’s wife Michelle McNamara suddenly died in her sleep due to a combination of prescription medications and an undiagnosed heart problem.

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Since then, the comedian, actor and author has used social media and his stand-up to openly share his process of grieving and the challenges of moving forward to raise their 8-year-old daughter, Alice. In April, a year after McNamara’s death, he wrote on Facebook: “We think of her every day. She’s still so tied into our worlds, in a way that’s encouraging and energizing. … Michelle’s gone but she wasn’t the kind of soul that disappears or dies out.”

Some apparently think Oswalt, 48, should do more than just think about his late wife, reported the Huffington Post. He should remain devoted to her memory to the extent that he not start dating or even contemplate marriage just yet.

That’s the message some “online trolls” conveyed to Oswalt, following his announcement last week that he was getting married again. His fiancé is actress Meredith Salenger who confirmed the engagement with this tweet:

It’s official. I’m the luckiest happiest girl in the universe!!!!💖 I love you @pattonoswalt I love you Alice Oswalt!

— Meredith Salenger (@MeredthSalenger) July 6, 2017

But some people online said that Oswalt was thinking too soon of getting married again. Some said they even found it distasteful for him to write so openly about his grief, while then plunging back into the dating world or thinking of remarriage.

“Wife dies in her sleep and he’s married a year later? Nope!” wrote one. Another said, “Like good for them and all but, personally, I’d like to be mourned for more than a couple months.” Another said Oswalt getting “grief laid,” while another said the situation reminded her of Don Draper in “Mad Men,” who “literally marries to first warm body who was good to his kids so soon after his divorce.”

Over the weekend, Oswalt hit back at the trolls, calling them “bitter grub worms” on his Facebook page. However, instead of trying to articulate his anger, he posted a scorching commentary from a widow and blogger named Erica Roman who explained why Oswald isn’t moving on too soon — as if it’s anyone’s business.

Patton Oswalt and Michelle McNamara in 2012. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

In the post titled, “A Widow’s Rage Defense of Patton Oswalt’s Engagement,” Roman explains that she normally doesn’t

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