A fracture is different than a complete break. A fracture is a crack in the structure or bone. Fractures do not impede from doing things, but it hurts. A fracture does not heal without treatment.
Thus, the heart, after a loss of a loved one. The heart is fractured, yet still performs it's daily function of pumping blood and oxygen through your body to keep you alive. Yes it hurts. Yes it's crushed, but it still functions.
The only way to heal the fractured (often referred to as 'broken heart') is to get treatment. Treatment is usually in two forms: counseling and medication. Both are key and helpful, but the one element that is just a powerful, is time. Time does help heal a fracture.
I experienced times healing over the past two years in different intervals. You make progress, such as finally being able to go out in public again; finally feeling happy again; finally returning to past activities; yet, each are baby steps that add up. They add up to finally a HUGE turing point in the healing process. My huge turning point came last week. I hit three milestones since Pierce's suicide:
1) I was able to enter a hospital room again to visit a friend
2) I resumed my workouts again and finally an able to stick with them.
3)I was able to watch the Academy of Country Music Awards show.
It feels to good to have the fracture healing. Yes, I realize there will be times the heal weakens; especially, with the 2 year anniversary of his death approaching. But, I know, now, that I can return healed after a day or two of grieving.