The tsunami is a turning point in many ways. In human suffering and tragedy, it is unprecedented in modern times. This suffering will leave physical and psychic scars on those who are are most directly affected for the rest of their lives. Each life lost leaves a surviving loved one, or a circle of loved ones in grief that will affect them throughout their lives. This tragedy, as every tragedy, leaves a legacy that will not heal with the reconstruction of physical buildings and the re-paving of roadways.