Our expert says:
The ending of any real human relationship, in any way, brings grief - one of my old friends, a legendary expert in the field, wrote that "Grief is the price we pay for love" - because to the extent that we have formed emotional bonds with another, breaking those bonds is necessarily painful. It usually takes 6 months to a year to work through the main tasks of grief, sometimes longer. A therapist / counsellor experienced in helping with grief may be of assistance.
As you've discovered, no amount of spending or bling brings any comfort.
But except when one is meaningfully and productively on the grief ( which is hard work ), simply sitting around moping and thinking about how awful one feels, gets you nowhere except miserable. So it is useful to keep active and with other people - in social and charitable work, sports, whatever - preferably where one is doing something qworthwhile with other people, rather than in the useless clubbing and drinking which gets nobody anywhere
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