Was honored to interpret at a workshop for sexual assault survivors, and this phrase stayed with  me.  It was part of a guided meditation.  I think it can fit for other situations in which we are hurt beyond belief and it feels like a real death:

“Let your feelings roll over you like a wave and then release them back into the ocean of life.  Mermaids don’t drown.  You are wounded but you are not dead.  You are still yourself and you are going to get through this.”