Grief is not a neat, five-stage process that can
be completed like a grade-school assignment.
It’s more like losing someone and then losing
yourself, as well – there’s shock, denial,
and depression – but also the feeling that
there’s a new void that’ll never be filled.
You spend months trying to re-create a feeling
that no longer exists. So, you wait, wait, wait until it
seems to come back – but finally realize all you
have left is old pictures in a shoebox –
and life cannot be lived based on those things.