I lost my brother almost 6 years ago (he was in his mid 20's). Those first two years after he passed were hell. Things have been better and a little easier to deal with since, but I still think about him often. The hardest thing for me is looking at pictures / videos from back when he was alive. I've longed to see some old home movies of when I was a kid but I know I will just lose it when I see him. It's not that I don't want to see him, but just seeing images of him brings forth such painful emotions. It sucks because we have so many happy memories, but it is so hard for me to relive those memories through pictures / video.
For those that have unexpectedly lost loved ones, do you have similar issues? Should I see a counselor?
Yes, we all have. I lost my dad at 20 and my wife doesn't understand why I don't have pics up but I hate being reminded he is gone. Things DO get easier, as you have learned, but you never totally get over it. Life is LONG and you will lose a lot of people you love. Its just a shitty part of life. Try to just stay busy is the best advice I guess I have.