I think of my loved ones, honor their memory and think of things I can do everyday to make them proud of me. One should never lose hope, but always reach out to others, and put oneself in a position of caring and service to others.
There are plenty of people out there that need loving and support, and the fact that they may not be blood relatives does not matter much.
I serve others daily for income and from a philanthropic angle, and i value greatly the satisfaction I feel from serving like I do.
My mom and dad are dead and gone, but I feel that they are watching over me, and that they approve of the difference I make in the lives of others.
Human service is life affirming.