Saudade represents a deep emotional state of nostalgic longing for someone or something that might never return. Saudade is the love that remains. The loss of someone who is an integral part of your life can make you feel like you have had a hole blown right through the center of your being. It is instinctual to want to curl up and protect what feels like a gaping, open wound. For some time after, you can walk around looking like a normal person but feeling like your soul is still fetal, trying to heal. The loss of certain people in our lives creates what feels like a "before" and an "after". Life after that loss looks very different than it did before. Eventually, though there is still a hole, the birth of new life and beautiful experiences begin to fill your soul and although it will never be the same, life does go on.