This is a second marriage for both my husband and I. We both have to communicate with our ex's regularly, and see them often, too. It usually is quite amicable. My question is... is it appropriate for us to hug our ex's? When it's a birthday, or graduation, or even the worst happens and one of our parents die? I personally am not comfortable with the idea, but am open to other ideas. What does the hugging truly signify? If there is another gesture to show compassion, without getting physical, what do you think it is? I would like to know how this is handled in our society, and especially from a spiritual perspective, i.e... what would Jesus want us to do? Does anyone have any direct scriptural source on how we are to act toward others of the opposite sex once we are married?