I friend just lost his grandfather who he was very close to. Even though there is never really anything to say during those times, I shared this anyway:
It is weird how much my grandpa is still in my life. In some ways, I feel more connected to him now than I did when he was alive. Of course, I miss the physical things. His voice, his hugs, etc.. But I often feel his presence…not in a “ghost-y” way. But in a “I am the product of my experiences…and his influence is a part of me” way.