Loss affects us all. Grief is an individual process which we learn to live with, not something that heals over, forgotten and moved on from.
For the first time in my life perhaps, I was also alone with my grief over such a loss. On previous occasions, where humans or animals close to me have died, I have been physically with others who were also going through and sharing the loss. Our reactions are tempered by our consciousness of those other people’s grief. This time, there was plenty of time on my own, where it there seemed no escape to the overwhelming sadness.