One day, not soon, not after something significant, not consciously, it stops.

The pain, the unbearable, blinding grief, the pause, the inability to move on, the fear, the sadness.

One day, after a while, it stops.

Things look brighter, your heart aches less, you begin to smile again. Things feel different. You know you have not forgotten, but you have finally learned to navigate this life after loss.

You never forget, but instead of cry, you smile. Because it happened. Because they happened.