Grief by Joan Didion is a unique piece that causes one to deeply think about death and loss. She lets us view the difference between reality, what we expect to happen to us emotionally and what we occurs after a loss. She states, “Grief turns out to be a place none of us know until we reach it” (929). She uses many metaphors to emphasize how death and loss can rarely be expected. Based on how she describes grief, and the events surrounding it, one can tell that she has greatly struggled with the experience of grief herself. After reading, I realized that she lost her husband. Throughout the passage, she compares the loss and grief of someone to geology. One day, the landscape would be here, and the next day it can be easily taken away, just as her old house was. One very important quote in her text was, “As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end, which I interpreted as a literal description of the constant changing of the earth, the unending erosion of the shores and mountains, the inexorable shifting of the geological structures that could throw up mountains and islands and could just as reliably take them away” (930). This was something she believed would always happen and not be anticipated, nor could it be prevented. Because of this mindset, she struggled to find great meaning in her life.