There are times through the years that I’ve talked with friends and given a lot of thought to the words of Tennyson's poem.
If you love, care for someone or something, and it disappears, feelings step in. They can cause fear, anguish, sadness, depression and illness. They can overwhelm the strongest of people, teach a life lesson and change attitudes and behaviors.
Strong feelings of loss will always make impact how we act or react going forward. What do you think? Is it better to have loved and lost or never to be loved at all? Might make for a great journaling exercise.