I am currently going thru this.
My Mother died in Sept. of 2008, and I DA'd myself in October.
(The lack of love shown in this religion really pushed me over the edge)
I find myself looking at God in a whole new light, and the teachings I followed for the past 30 years (as a jw) are just crumbling down.
Yes, there is grieving, friends / relationships / and memories are a hard wall to break thru, but time really is a friend in this.
Every month I have grown spiritually without the wtbts monkey on my shoulder.
I'm sorry if I kind of sidetracked the thread, but in all honesty, life does get better, it's just really hard at first when your past religious focus disappears, and you have to "reinvent" yourself.