The only way out is through

First, there were tears. Stormy, wrenching sobs that didn’t last long. They were quickly brushed-off, and replaced by all-too-comfortable denial, strengthened by a powerful suppression of feeling, because, you know, one must go on. One didn’t. Instead, there was a meltdown triggered by trivia. Unavoidable understanding of the underlying cause led to withdrawal and retreat. […]