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I confessed to my best friend. I wrote a 6 page letter describing my feelings and what I wanted for us. We spoke 4 1/2 hours about it. She rejected me, albeit gently and in a caring way. I cried for 3 days and was depressed for a while, but I was able to accept her answer and move on. I still harbor those feelings for her, but I know she doesn't want me that way.
I told her that no matter what, she would always be my best friend, and no matter who she chooses to go out with, I'll back her up on her decision. We remain really close friends to this day.
So yes, if you choose to not let your grief blind you to what you already have, it is possible to stay friends.