I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
She cannot speak to her husband, who has left her a widow. That being said, she is tormented by this fact. When a case drops into her lap that she is less than enthused by, she becomes enticed when it appears this might lead to her finding out where her husband's spirit is - and might actually lead to contact with him.
Still, it's exactly like a case that went sideways for a former friend, so it's not an ideal situation by any means.
I'm not super fond of Dr. Mirage as a character. She just never clicked with me, but this storyline made me more interested than I've been before.