Pick Up The Pieces Meaning

(idiomatic, intransitive) To restore one's life (or a given situation etc.) to a normal state, after a calamity, shock etc.

Example: 1957, "Roberts' Rules of Order", Time, 14 Jan 1957:
  Picking up the pieces after the Suez disaster, the British found themselves getting used to the idea that they are not as big a power as they thought they were.
2011, Randeep Ramesh, The Guardian, 3 Feb 2011:
  "Cutting administrators is a huge mistake, and will only mean other staff such as nurses have to pick up the pieces."