An interesting aspect of relationship loss is that a relationship may be lost and people retained, people may be lost and a relationship retained or both the people and the relationship lost. This isn’t as confusing as it first sounds as the following examples should demonstrate.
In the film Last of the Mohicans the character played by Daniel Day Lewis says:
“You’re strong! You survive! Stay alive! No matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes… no matter how far. I will find you!”
In this example the people lose each other, albeit temporarily, but the relationship is retained. In real life we see this with family/friends where there are lengthy periods of separation and in long distance romances and marriages where work means that one or both partners are away for extended periods of time e.g. oil rigs, mining, airline staff etc.
Examples of where relationships are lost and the people retained include friends becoming lovers, the apprentice becoming a master, the dominant becoming submissive and vice versa, the transition from parent/young-child to parent/adult-child etc.
Examples of losing both the person and relationship are falling out then becoming estranged, break ups where the exes have no further communication with each other etc.
Stay strong and serene.