First, the review itself was thoughtful and well written. I think MEG agrees with you, "startrekwatcher", but also points out some of the weaker plot points. It's hard to portray such ideas about death and grief in a one-hour TV drama. All-in-all, I thought the episode was one of the strongest of that season.
Also, it's patently obvious that "T.Geiger" has never acted or lost anyone close to him/her. Am I wrong? When it happens, and it will, let me know if you get all "whiny".