You can never tell for sure how life will be like in the next moment. A life can stop in an instant, and something you have been trying to build for years could come crumbling down in seconds. Unfortunately, even loved ones can pass on in an instant.

The saddest part is that we never realize how much certain people mean to us until they are gone. We only get to appreciate the happiness and joy they brought to our lives after they are gone.

When you lose your parents, these 8 things are bound to happen.

1. You Will Realize Family Is The Main Priority

The sense of loss you will feel after losing  your parents will be immensely profound. You will also have to embrace the pain and accept the harsh reality that they will never be part of your life again. Although you have always known that family is important, you will realize that it comes before everything else in your life. You will realize that nobody can love you unconditionally like they did.

2. It Will Be Devastating And Lonely

After this earth-shattering experience, the pain of losing two very important people in your life will be there to remind you how harsh the realities of life can be. Your heart will always ache at the thought and you will carry with you some sadness. Despite your attempts to forget the pain, it will never go away and your only option will be learning to live with it.

3. You’ll Be Jealous Of People Who Have Parents

Because you will realize how valuable your parents were, and will realize that you would give the world to have them back, you will be jealous of those who still have their parents. You will realize how lucky these people are.

4. You’ll Want to Call Them But You Can’t

Whenever something big happens in your life, you will feel the desire to call them and let them know about it. But you will feel the pain after realizing that you will never hear them on the other end of line ever again, and that will bother you.

5. You Cannot Function Normally For Some Time

After your parents are gone, you will feel like a part of you is gone from your life. The truth is that part of you will die when they do, and you will never have it back. This will change you permanently, and both your mental and physical strength will feel depleted. However, with time, you will get back your strength.

6. You Won’t Stand People Complaining About Their Parents

When people take their parents for granted and complain about them, you will get upset. You will feel the urge to tell them how good they have it since they still have their parents with them.

7. The Holidays Will Feel Different

The excitement that holidays initially had will no longer be there. They will not call you up to see if you will be visiting over the holidays, and they will not be there to play around with your kids and share beautiful memorable moments with them.

8. You’ll Feel You Took Them For Granted

Once your parents are gone, you will feel that you could have done more to appreciate them. They will not be there to hear you out, and they will not be there to see what you are growing into after all the effort they put in you.

So, learn to appreciate your parents while they are still alive. Pay them a visit every once in a while, and let them know that you think of them. Be there for them and cherish them for they can never be replaced.