Death is a part of life. That is a fact none of us can avoid, no matter how hard we try. And with death comes grief, which everyone deals with in their own way.

A woman named Lauren Herschel took to Twitter to explain how grief works over time using the analogy of “the ball and the box”.

So you see, there’s this ball in a box…

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And the box has a pain button inside…

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When you first lose someone important, the ball is huge – almost as big as the box.

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Over time, the ball gets smaller…

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The “pain button” never goes away completely, but it gets pushed less often as time goes on.

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Herschel’s thread went viral and people started weighing in.

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Everyone seemed to find her analogy incredibly useful…

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…no matter what stage of grief they found themselves in.

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And finally, this person also had some more wise words to share on the subject.

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Hopefully Herschel’s viral thread and the people who contributed to this conversation will help others deal with the grief in their lives.

Sometimes social media really can be used to do great things that help a lot of folks out.