I dont want to try to rewrite the book there but perhaps just add some clarity on a point.
To me at least a significant part of love is trust, trust that extends beyond lending your material things. People often talk about giving of yourself, but what does that mean? Time? Energy?
To give the other person power over yourself is what I think its about.
That you do not abuse this power is what keeps the love alive and growing. That you don't abuse the power is perhaps what others call "respect".
This has become part of what I call conscious knowledge (as opposed to unconscious knowledge) as I have reflected on what Anita and I had in our lives.
So perhaps a part of grieving is also learning.
I am glad that I am not learning along the lines of "you don't know what you have till its gone", for I can say that I did know well "what I had" and cherished it every day. So let me quote to you an important lyric from a song most will know:
love the one your with
and remember that the love you have is the most important thing you have.