The Light Between Oceans, Grief, Loss, And Healing Essay

1342 Words Apr 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Victor Hugo once wrote: “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise”. Grief never ends. It haunts and buren 's someone 's life for years. In M. L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans, grief, loss, and healing is a recurring theme in the novel, as all characters go through at least one devastating loss. Hannah’s husband has died, her daughter’s alive but not with her. Isabel and Tom have two miscarriages and a stillborn baby. These situations are hard for everyone to cope with, and some never heal from these situations. These situations are devastating for one but good for another. It takes time and strength to heal, and after years of loss and grief some characters find happiness in end and within themselves.
Hannah Roennfeldt grieves for year after the mysterious disappearance of her husband, Frank, and baby daughter, Grace (Lucy), after a mob breaks out against them. After many years of grieving, loss, and pain, Hannah has a glimps of hope: “Don’t fret for her. The baby is safe. Loved and well cared for, and always will be. Your husband is at peace in God’s hands. I hope this brings you comfort” (141). Because of the letter, Hannah goes through both a mourning and a renewal. God has taken her husband, but has saved her daughter. When Hannah receives her daughter back from the Sherbornes, the daughter Hannah knew and loved was not there. She is a whole new child, and it is as if she has completely lost her child: “The rhythms of intimacy, the…

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