People ask me this question often because they are in pain. They wonder if they will ever be happy again. First let me say that I don’t believe you ever “get over” your loss, rather we learn to reconcile to it in time. With that said, we do live in a society here in America and I suspect other industrialized nations in the world where everyone wants us to get over it, and get back to what others deem as normal life.
I know from my own personal experiences of loss that I felt like I was in a tunnel looking out and life was busy and chaotic all around me and I felt frozen in time. I acknowledge such cultures and religions honor the dead and the bereaved differently and I praise them for this.