The loss of a loved one is part of life. Time does lessen that sense of loss, but it never totally goes away. Eventually, you smile through your tears as you recall the life you spent with your loved one.
Have you considered that each tear says, “I miss you…I love you?”
Let it cross your mind that your “smile through those tears” is the sun peeking out from the clouds after the rain, as your sorrow finds warmth in the “sunshine memories” of a better day.