The main character in the story I'm currently writing (or...trying to pick up again, I should say) loses both of her parents, and in the process her home and the life she once knew. Although she wasn't necessarily close to either of them, it's devastating as she realizes she took them for granted. Obviously she's going to be feeling a sense of loss, hopeless, uncertainty as her life changes. What I'm wondering is how to go about doing this without overwhelming the reader. The death of her parents is simply an event which forces other events to happen. I don't want it to be so overpowering throughout the story that the reader ends up seeing the character as whiny or full of angst, but I don't want her coming across as an unfeeling robot and magically gets over it. Does anyone have ideas on how to balance the two?