Yes it is. The first year since 2002 that I could get through October with dry eyes. My mother passed in October of 2002 and my father in October of 2005. Every year since 2002 October was agony to get through. This year, although I thought of my Mom and Dad practically daily as I always do, I didn't think of their deaths. I have gone from thinking only of my loss to thinking of all the wonderful memories they made for me and for anyone whose lives they touched. It feels good.
It's funny. There are still days when I forget they are gone and reach for the phone to tell them something. Before it would come crashing in on me when I realised I couldn't speak to them anymore or hear their voices. Now I just shake my head and smile. We had a strong connection my parents and I....I feel like that connection is still there. We don't need a phone anymore.