Better to Have Loved and Lost

This post is for my friend, K, who just lost a man she loved. 
She let him into her home and life without reservation or hesitation.
She took a risk with an open heart and mind - the only way to truly love. 
Imagine what this world would look like if we all loved like that.
 Alfred Lord Tennyson
(From "In Memoriam")
I envy not in any moods The captive void of noble rage, The linnet born within the cage, That never knew the summer woods; I envy not the beast that takes His license in the field of time, Unfetter’d by the sense of crime, To whom a conscience never wakes; Nor, what may count itself as blest, The heart that never plighted troth But stagnates in the weeds of sloth; Nor any want-begotten rest. I hold it true, whate’er befall; I feel it, when I sorrow most; ‘T is better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.