I know the difference between mourning and grief…Sometimes you just expect the waves and waves of sorrow to wash over you. Swamp you completely. That, in my mind, is real grief. And mourning? That’s when you’ve reached the stage where you can build a stout seawall against those colossal breakers and go about your life. You may be sprayed by the surf, but you are not incapacitated.
- Catherine Benincasa, The Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian, pg. 193, 194