The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold is the story of a young girl watching her family grieve her death from Heaven. Suzie Salmon tells the story of her brutal death and the journey her family takes to move through their grief. While they all felt the pain of their sudden loss, Suzie’s mother, Abagail; father, Jack; younger sister, Lindsay; and younger brother, Buckley all dealt with the trauma in different ways. Over the course of this paper, the various reactions and processes experienced by each family member will be examined while following the timeline that is described over the progression of the book.
To begin, Suzie’s mother, Abagail went through the mourning process and experienced her grief in a way that is consistent with that which…show more content… First, they had always had communication issues. Abagail was referred to as slightly resentful of being a mother, even more so after Buckley was born. It is alluded to that Jack was unaware of her feelings about her position in life. Beyond prior communication issues, not a single member of the family truly communicated their needs or feelings until the end of the book. Any expression that was made seemed to be minimized or disregarded, especially between the parents. In addition to communication issues, each member struggled to find their new place in the family. Jack and Abagail had to get used to being parents of two children instead of three. Additionally, Jack eventually had to adjust to his new role as a single father and then back to a husband and father. Abagail’s family role eventually became that which I would call the “prodigal mother and wife” in that she simply left for years only to return and find the desire to re-join her family. As far as the children go, Lindsay had to move past her role as middle child and her self-perception as the sister of the dead girl and embrace her role as the older sister. She may have even played a minor role as caretaker and support for her brother and father. In contrast, Buckley remained the little brother and due to his age at the time of the tragedy, had no noticeable familial role adjustments. While each family member grieved very differently, they were eventually able to find their own peace and come back together as a whole, functional