The loss of someone you love can be devastating and people who have endured this pain will grapple with ghosts for the rest of their lives.

Dawn Picken tells her own story of loss, grief, and navigating her way through life in the aftermath of her first husband's death.

In a powerful, candid, from-the-heart story, she shares what happened but also the unusual and dramatic life decisions she made for her and her two children afterwards. And she asks a burning question after suffering loss: just what is normal?

I'm no grief expert, but I did consult experts for this piece. I