You give power to words. You define meaning. When a person wishes you a Happy…. try to receive it as a blessing, a prayer, a wish for the intensity of your pain to subside and the love, positive remembrance and healing to comfort.
The choice to open yourself to love again is personal. What feels right one day may not the next. Just know that if you choose to open your heart to another it is not cheating on your spouse or partner. They are gone and nothing can or will change this truth. Not loneliness and not connection.