Eased ? yes, gone completely no. Nor really should they. The person was and will always be part of us. Their time spent in out life has helped to form and mold us to who we are today.
What we do though is live with that memory and in the memory, We live like they would have wanted us to live.
We do do or become part of a project in their honor, if they died of cancer then we work to help raise money for cancer research. If they loved trees, work on tree projects and so on.
I have been sober now for many many years in memory of a wonder lady Melba, who was not always sober.
I have moved on, married a wonderful lady who is my new life partner but not to replace anyone but to add to my life and share the journey as we travel though it.