Grief knocks like a door-to-door salesman who is excellent at his job, but doesn’t find much joy in it.

He shows up, stirs some emotion and offers an opportunity to buy back into the pain.

The pitch is convincing. So convincing that it might even warrant some reflection.

How badly do I need to feel this?

It’s up to us how long we chat with the salesman, whether or not we let him in to set up his demonstration, and ultimately it’s up to us to whether we decide to buy what he’s selling.

The question becomes: is he offering us an opportunity to grow, or just a path to further suffering?

Do we need the pain? Or can we thank him for his time and kindly send him on his way?

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