Grief was wrong. Grief made me feel there would be a break in the timeline of my little family. That Doug would never be connected to Jake and Melvin because he never knew either of them. I cried about this a lot.
Turns out I forgot about the one link in the family chain that remained. My love. They are connected, forever and beautifully, I feel it with all that am.
A little example of how love lives on.