Grief is laden with longing for what was. A wish, a deep churning need, to return to life before our loss occurred. It takes time to genuinely accept that our loved one will not return, and that our lives will never be the same again. It takes time to acclimate to what is often termed our new normal. For some the process can facilitate a crisis of faith, for others it brings a new awareness of spiritual connection or strengthens the existing connection to ones predominate belief system.