Edit from Wikipedia: The term “la petite mort” or “the small death” does not always apply to sexual experiences. It can also be used when some undesired thing has happened to a person and has affected them so much that “a part of them dies inside”.
nb: this post isn’t working. What I was trying to do was capture the opening scene from “The Worlds Fastest Indian”. It’s where Bert Munro wakes to the alarm, sits up and I believe is staring at ghosts. You’ll need to watch the movie to get the context. Anyway, this is a reminder to myself to fix it up once I figure how to edit and upload the movie.