If you've ever had to grieve a loss, you may understand that the first year is the hardest. That first year, with all of its associations and seasons, marks the passage of time as healer. No matter what the loss--a pet, a job, a relationship, an addiction--there is that year of firsts you need to get through and heal through.
Grieving has no time line and you might not know when it ends. It just gets easier and you begin to feel lighter. The cycle completes itself.