When we're badly physically injured, there may be horrible pain and loss of ability to function normally. Then though there is typically a gradual recovery. Scars may be left; there may be some persisting vulnerability, but basically our bodies are wonderful at self-healing. There are parallels between wounds due to physical injury and wounds due to emotional injury. For example, when we are bereaved, there may be horrible pain and loss of ability to function normally. Gradually, over time, our minds & hearts can heal. Of course, if we have lost someone important to us, we will never be quite the same. We may always miss them, and remember them with sadness, gratitude and love. The grief resolves though and we can move on with our lives, even though we continue to carry our loved ones in our hearts ... and this resolution is what they would have wanted for us.