By Stephanie Ericsson 
Grief is a tidal wave that overtakes you,
Smashes down upon you with unimaginable force,
Sweeps you up into its darkness,
Where you tumble and crash against unidentifiable surfaces
Only to be thrown out on an unknown beach,
bruised, reshaped...
It is the ashes from which the phoenix rises
and the mettle of rebirth.
It returns life to the living dead.
It teaches that there is nothing absolutely true or untrue...
Grief will make a new person out of you,
If it doesn’t kill you in the making.