Re: Died while practicing aikido?
My partner Genie had the same thing happen at their fencing salle... one of her friends simply expired right there on the strip. While it's a shock, certainly, eventually you realize that going quickly, with little or no suffering while doing something you love is perhaps a gift that many folks don't get. It's how I'd like to go...
The giref just takes time. Most grief counselors (and you might wnat to find one) will tell you that it takes about two years before you really start to heal from a deep loss. I'd recommend setting up a memorial to your friend at the dojo so that every time you train you can remember him and the bond you shared in the art.