This book represents a three-year period of time in which I was confronted by illness and the eventual death of the man I loved, my husband and the subsequent aftermath of dealing with that loss. I observed and examined a daily life now permanently changed. Many people have written their own heart-breaking stories. Some famous, some not well-known. Some not known at all. The exploration of how one goes through this particular life event, is what interests me. Does it remind us that as living creatures we can still entertain hope and renewal of what is most human about us, or does it cloak us in so much sadness that we cannot find our way back to the light. What is achievable? How do we learn to live again? These were the underlying essential questions in this book.