Sally, a universal emotion every person feels is that of grief, because grief is born from our ability to love.
God breathed into our souls his characteristics, and yes...the ability to love is the foundation!
Love is like a basket (metaphor), we fill this basket with so many emotions such as pain, memories (both sweet & bittersweet), beauty, joy, life experiences... Sometimes we carry this basket alone, but more often than not, we have help carrying this basket.
Think about it?...Nearly everything has love as its base (including grief).
Some say time heals. I think time affords us the ability to 'cope'.
The memory of your beloved resides in that most beautiful, peaceful & safe place
(and one day you'll be able to smile again, having been part of his life) and that beautiful and safe place is what I refer to as the heart's memory.
The grieving process goes in stages, I don't think there's any set time frame for each stage, so be sure to be patient with yourself.
I'm thinking of you in your time of need, as the circle of life forever spins for each and every one of us.
I pray these sentiments help you.
I wanted to place this in feedback, but I tend to be wordy and fill the feedback box up, so here it remains on my site, for you to see, but also for others to see, and perhaps benefit from my thoughts about grieving.
I hope this helps. What I've written and posted is my personal view, I'm not saying I'm right or wrong, just my way of sharing, and offering encouragement.