You can laugh and enjoy being with others
Taking care of yourself is not only ok, but it feels good.
The future is not so frightening.
You can handle “special days” without falling apart.
You want to reach out to others in need or pain.
You now enjoy activities that you had given up after the death of your loved one.
You can share humorous memories without crying.
Your emotional roller coaster is slowing down.
You can actually see your progress.
You skip or forget a ritual such as visiting the cemetery and there is no guilt.
Do not be alarmed if one day you suddenly feel the pangs of grief again and believe that you are slipping back into the valley of grief. These moments will come when you least expect, but you will be able to handle the situation without panic.
Since the death of your loved one your life will never be what it was and that is reality.
Life has taken a different direction and you will never forget your loss, but the pain is bearable and at times touching the tender memories will not elicit pain at all.