“You fell in love with an illusion.”
“Does that mean my grief at losing her isn’t real?”
“No. The memories feel real.”
“Then let me mourn.”
Let me mourn, they say, as if not having to mourning was possible. What we do know is that it is now possible to change the association between memory and emotions. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has revealed that neural circuits between contextual and emotional memory are malleable and can be manipulated in mice. You can read more about their discovery here.