When we lose something that means so much to us, we are left with a feeling of sadness. Whether it is a friend or even a treasured object, the loss can be hard to bear. It is as if a part of you has gone missing. Throughout my life Ive amassed collections of friends and possessions. Having close relationships help us feel as if we are not alone in the world. When we lose someone or something that is precious to us, we may realize that there is a certain aloneness that can never be filled. Ultimately the condition of life is one of being alone.