Have you ever awakened with the hope that this loss was just a terrible, cruel joke? That by day’s end your beloved would shout, “April Fool!” and life would be good again? Sometimes, we dream that their leaving was just a dream, a nightmare from which we will one day awake. And yet, we never wake up. This loss is all too real. Still, each morning, we do wake up. We wake up without them present. We wake up to a world in which they no longer live. Yet, we are alive. We continue. We go on. It is okay to experience joy in our continuing life. It is okay to choose to live again.