Upon Hermes entry to the Underworld, he found a radiant and Queen of the Dead. She had adjusted well to her new position, saying she had even found her calling. The Goddess was now in charge of greeting the new arrivals and helping them adapt to their new life.
Hermes is returning Persephone to her mother Demeter
Hoping to comfort Persephone in her confusion, Hades came to his Queen's side.
Persephone returns to her mother
Hades gently kissed Persephone's forehead and urged her, "Do not fret, eat instead from this fruit I know you will like." As she pressed the red pomegranate seeds to her lips, she listened to his words. He told her he would miss her very much, but her duties as a daughter mattered too.
Demeter recalls Zeus's decloration
So, Persephone climbed into the chariot and bid her husband farewell, as Hermes sped them off to the middle realm of mother earth, the home of her devoted mother.
The flowers sang joyfully of Persephone's return, while her mother beamed with pride. Yet, the child that she had born and raised had changed while she was gone. She had grown into a goddess, one both beautiful and wise. Demeter came to worry that the life they knew was gone.
Demeter recalled a declaration Zeus had made from the heavens up above: in order for Persephone to return home, the young goddess must be as pure as the day she left her mother's side. However, Persephone had tasted of the fruit of life. It could not be erased.