What about the outer family?
The main priority for a stepparent here is to make sure they know their role in the family, and provide love and support to their spouse and stepchild. This is their nucleus, and the most important people in their lives now. However, they can’t help that there are other people who were affected by the death of the biological parent, and who will have feelings about a new person entering the picture. Moore says, “When it comes to the deceased parent’s friends and family, the step-parent should be cognizant that these people have lost a loved one and exhibit as much kindness as possible. The step-parent should allow the biological parent to take the lead in these relationships and not impose their own views.”