"When my wife, Fiona, died on 7th November 2017, it was harder than I would ever have thought possible.
"I was expecting the tears. I was expecting the regrets about unfinished conversations. I was expecting the huge and involuntary shock of inanimate objects suffused with her presence and our memories. What I was not expecting was the physical ache of which Bonnie Tyler had sung all those years ago. And yet, there it was – a dull, persistent ache somewhere in the middle of my chest, which was a constant companion for the first couple of weeks."
Grief hurts. As our blogger Richard Littledale discovered when his wife died, it causes real, exhausting physical pain. And for Richard, the way to cope was to tie his shoes and start walking.