First, you are not alone. I joined for this site when the bottom fell out of my life. We will stand with you, kneel with you, and carry you.
Having said that, I didn't initially join for dating. I think many people will tell you a time line and what to feel. Remember to stay in prayer, trust your instincts, and to give yourself permission to grieve your wife. XXOO
Daniel, I have a similar story Geri was very sick for the whole year of 2012 and passed away this past December. I like you did lots of grieving during the process. In my case January was very bad but February has been much better. Everyone is different in their grieving process. The one common recommendation is to stay close to God and have friends and family to turn to for conversation and support. I have found CM to be a comforting place to learn about the grieving process, meet others that experienced a spouses death and a side bonus is you meet some beautiful spiritual women. I encourage you to peruse some of the other threads on the Widows/Widower forum.
I've been alone for 14 years. I thought I was ready to date at six months...no. At two years...no....
I joined CM (the first time) after seven years, and in some respects it was still too soon.
Be good to yourself and TAKE IT SLOW. (You also owe it to a new partner to be fully ready to move on.)
This site is a good start. In the short time I've been a member I've found much support and advice on my grieving process. We're all different; there is no right (or wrong) way to grieve, just your way. God has given you a challenging path to travel but you do not walk it alone.
Our situations have some similarities. I, too, am now the single dad of young children. They will give you strength. The bond with your daughter will be doubly strong. God bless you.
I am so sorry for your loss so soon after the birth of your daughter.
We are all at different stages in our grieving and even within ourselves we are at different phases at different times. I lost my beloved husband to cancer 2 years ago. There are times when I feel strong, whereas at other times, I question myself whether I am ready to move on. I have now come to the conclusion that we do not move on, but "move with" and that that's OK. Our hearts grow to be able to accomodate new love and new life, but we will still hold our lost ones close to our hearts. Does that mean we will love less. Our hearts have a capacity to love. Just like a parent - they have their first kid. Does that mean they love their subsequent kids less?
Its Ok to feel the way you feel. I have learnt it helps to go with the flow. To accept that some days will be painful. All of us in this forum have experienced a loss and are trying to weave together something new.
"There is pain in our wounds. But even more important is the love that arises among us when we share, both ways, our woundedness." Scott Peck (The Different Drum)
May God Bless you and be with you, to comfort, heal and guide you. His plan is perfect.
Daniel, as others have said - there is no timeline on grief. It's been many years for me and how I wish CM had been available then! Not so much for the dating aspect, but for the unique resource that it can offer. Like you, I was left to bring up my children alone - my son was only 4 mos old at the time. We don't 'get over it', but we do 'get through it', one day at a time, many many prayers and availing ourselves of the comfort and support of our family and friends. You will find good people here who will help you through it, become your brothers and sisters, and when you are ready will cheer you on as you take your first steps back into a fulfilling life. We will keep you in our prayers as you face this challenge. Give yourself time, allow the grief to subside and thank God for the gift that your beloved has left behind as a perpetual memorial to the love that you shared.
Welcome to CM, Daniel, and especially to the Widows & Widowers Room. As everyone else has said, this community is one of the most supportive you'll ever find. You'll find men and women in various states of grieving, re-emergence, and faith formation. Some of us, like you, have raised young children alone. Some have even remarried, only to suffer the loss of a second spouse...
Each of us travels along at our own pace, with our own needs and motivation--but we share one God, and one Body for the journey...
Like Marge, it will be 14 years for me in March. I don't know when or if God will bring me another mate, but I find so much support and commonality here, that it makes the wait bearable, and even fun at times!
God bless you for taking this first big step and joining us!