"A Candle in the Darkness" by Karen Black

A Candle in the Darkness by [Karen Black]

Is there life after death? Not according to Valerie. Following the accidental death of her husband, Randy, she Valerie was distraught. With her mother-in-law saying repeatedly that Randy was still with her, Valerie’s grief was amplified. Randy, had been the center of her life, and now he was gone. He was not with her. He died and was buried in a casket in the ground.

In spite of severe storm warnings, and against her in-laws' advice, Valerie set out for Maryland, where she and Randy had been planning to live. It took a tornado, and the words of a stranger to show Valerie exactly how to move on without Randy; or was it with him?

Valerie suffers a significant loss when her husband dies, and she rejects the comfort her mother-in-law blankets herself in: he is still there; he'll always be near. At once sympathetic to the main character, I understand her pain. She gets herself into scary circumstances when she insists on traveling home after the funeral, even though the projected weather is foreboding. The descriptions are vivid, and the setting compelling. She finds 'a candle in the darkness' during the storm, and it changes the way she views death; it lightens her burden of grief. Do you believe a person is truly gone when they leave this earth? A hope-inspiring short tale, I enjoyed "A Candle in the Darkness."


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