"A Candle in the Darkness" by Karen Black

A Candle in the Darkness by [Karen Black]

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."