Your loved one is dead. You may feel gutted, lost, or numb. You may feel relief, and then guilt about feeling relief. You may feel nothing or everything. All of this is normal.
There isn’t one way to grieve. You don’t get grief “right.” The stages of grief are not checkboxes to be ticked. There is no magic number of weeks, months, or years that pass before you “get over it.” You don’t get over it. You learn to allow it, to honor it, and to live with it in your own way and on your own terms. The depth of your grief reflects the depth of your love. Both remain.