I recently found something in my Facebook memories that I wrote on June 27, 2011 about six months after my husband's death. This is what I wrote:
Seven and a half years later I can now say, "God is good." The emotional ache has not gone away completely, but I have learned to rebuild my life around the ache. My life still has struggles, and it would be nice to have my husband with me in those struggles. Yet the Lord has helped me use painful past and current struggles for His glory and to help others. My faith has become so much sweeter in the process. God's joy is present.
Dear former caregiver, rest in the Lord and go deep in His Word. Trust Him to guide and protect. Then the joy will return.