The death of a friend or family member is a difficult issue to deal with at any age. It must be especially hard when the tragedy is caused by an avoidable accident. Bridie and her sister blame themselves for the death of their friend Lorna and find it difficult to cope with the grief. The funeral is an important event in helping the characters to deal with their loss and sense of guilt.
- Funerals are a way of bringing family and friends together to celebrate the life of a loved one who has passed away. Discuss the emotions of the friends and family members at Lorna's funeral.
- If deemed appropriate by the teacher, students could research the rituals and ceremonial traditions associated with funerals and burials in different cultures. Students choose from a list of countries/cultures nominated by the class. These could reflect the heritage of students in the class. Students present their research as a web page or chart.