Thank you evad and FOL for your kind words.
The funeral was busy with people come to say their last farewells to our friend. He was a sweet man, loved by many and very active in our community.
With each death, I find that I need time to reflect. I stop being able to write and to engage in my own projects.
I spend hours knitting and watching TV and running. But - it all helps and the grief pulls back and then I can carry on.
This year I have seen a real cycle of it. So much loss.
But also so much fun. I have focused lots on being with friends and making plans and those connections and fun times really help. I'm lucky too in having C be there with me, sharing so much of my life and having my SO be so much in love with me.