Instead of the concept of closure, it may be more helpful to think about integrating the loss into your life. Although your loved one died, your relationship lives on, and you will learn how to cope in your new world.

Gradually you will adjust and function again. You will learn new ways to live with loss, communicate with the departed and share memories.

You will find new ways to move with life and still hold your loved one forever in your heart.

You will not feel sorrow forever. In fact, there will be times when you will not be consciously sad. You will have been shaped by all of your relationships. You will have built a life on what came before.

If you ask a parent who has lost a child, he or she will tell you that closure does not exist. Love and memories remain.

Remember that love is immortal,

Chelsea

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