Not knowing the storyline, and as a recently grieved individual, I was not sure I could read this. I decided to when I was in the right mood, and glad I did. It is beautiful. Elise was completely bereft and alone for 7-8 months before realizing others grieved also; people who truly loved her and understood her devastation. We can get thru most things by opening our hearts and eyes. I've adopted her conclusion of our new life as 'surreal and sad'.