In HOsPicE we talk alot about Bereavement, grief and mourning. Grief is the gut wrenching emotional pain we feel at a significant loss. Mourning is the process of ritual and expression to help us work our way through pain. Bereavement is the daily getting up and choosing to not quit. It's choosing to eat when you don't feel like it. Go meet with a new friend when you would rather stay home, writing down your thoughts, reading a supportive book, maybe praying and seeking out some help from others that have walked a similar journey. It's leaving a place you can't stay (life with your loved one by your side) toward a place that can be OK, (life with your loved one in your memory) maybe... sometimes even better (your loved one without pain). But that takes time, other people, experimenting with some new thoughts, new ideas and maybe most importantly some hope along the way. Ultimately a realization that death isn't the end.
Hebrews 10:24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,