Short story, "Cremains," explores the ideas that every moment has both negative and positive aspects and how different the world looks after a loved one has died. The story is told in omniscient POV, telling, and present tense with a backstory event told in past tense. The story is by Carol Keeley and published in Ploughshares, Spring 2010 issue.
Well, I've read this story about 6 times and it is just fabulous. The story with a universal setting, husband dies and life "changes" for the wife, does not contain one bit of pity or sentimentality. Exploring real thoughts and ideas of a survivor illustrates the instinctive forces that kick in, hopefully, when a spouse dies.