I had the sad task of going through a box of Christmas decorations and having to donate them to Goodwill. It was a little heartbreaking as in Jan, my friend was so excited about Christmas 2011 that she stocked up on those 75% off bargains in January for this Christmas. Of course that will not happen.
Interesting, I've noticed that some things which bring memories are very difficult (such as the decorations, or seeing an old Easter card from 2006). Yet other things, like using a fleece blanket that she gave me, brings about comfort and not sadness. I suppose it's the feeling of not being able to share something again in the future vs acts of love in the past.
Have you ever seen a headstone with these words
"If only I had spent more time at work" ... from "Busy Man" sung by Billy Ray Cyrus