Yes, the soul is eternal and continues to be present, and death of the body and loss of the physical presence is still a significant death and loss. It is my experience that grieving creates a space for safely connecting to one's feelings. When my father died, I sobbed like I hadn't sobbed since I was a child or maybe ever. I was aware as I was sobbing that I was sobbing, that I was letting myself sob, that it was coming from a deep place within me, that it felt good, and that I was sobbing not ony about my father's death but also about a lot of things for which I had never let my self sob. My sobbing was emptying and cleansing. It was an expression of my grieving fully and authentically, and in it I did find wholeness and joy. I didn't feel wrecked by my grief and sobbing but felt wide open and more together and whole as I was accepting and allowing and feeling my grief and sobbing. My father died 23 years ago and the experience is still clear and present in me.