it is hard to imagine finding others to take the place of our loved ones.
yet, people do do it.
my parents are gone but in a man at a social I attend, I see the qualities of my dad: intelligent, earnest, kind.
I have made new friends many times and soon they are old friends.
just some words of encouragement for those fearful on embarking on that journey.
the familiar is of course the best. but life is a process of change. so sometimes we have to open our hearts and minds to meet new people — very hard. I have always disliked the process but then again, I have often benefitted from the very thing I sought to escape.