Comfort Snowberger has attended funerals. That's a lot for a ten-year-old. But if your family runs the town funeral home and their motto is "We Live to Serve," then that's what you do. Yes, it's sad when Great-great aunt Florentine drops dead-just like that in the vegetable garden-but Comfort knows how to handle loss. What she can't handle is her crazy cousin Peach, who ruins every family occasion, and her best friend, Declaration, who suddenly won't speak to her. Aunt Florentine's funeral will be a time to remember. But all Comfort really wants to do is sit in her closet with her dog, Dismay, and hide.
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List the types of activities that the family does when death comes calling. On page 10, Comfort says, "Everybody cried, because death is hard. We started cooking. We called the relatives. We called our friends. We did not have to call the funeral home. We are the funeral home. I wrote the obituary. In Chapter 19, what does Declaration do to try to upset Peach when they are walking to the cemetery for Aunt Florentine's graveside service?
What is the result of Declaration succeeding in upsetting Peach? Declaration begins to taunt Peach with things she knows will scare him. First, she challenges him to climb a tree, then a mountain. Then she becomes furious and shouts at him: "Go to the graveyard, Peach, where they throw dirt over dead people and leave them there for the worms!
On page , "Peach curled himself into a ball on the dirt road and began to wail. He clings to a pine sapling before running toward Listening Rock. He falls into Snapfinger Creek, which has become a lake during the storm. The children then become stranded in the current and struggle to reach Listening Rock, where they stay until they are rescued. In the meantime, Dismay has been released by Comfort into the current, never to be seen again.
At the end of Chapter 26, Declaration writes a letter asking Comfort's permission to attend the life service for Dismay. Comfort responds with a note that says, "Do not come. Students' answers will vary. Although Declaration finds Dismay's dog collar, signifying that Dismay has probably drowned, Comfort still seems to be angry with her friend. Comfort may still be upset with her for taunting Peach into running toward Listening Rock. Comfort may not be ready to face Declaration; Comfort blames Declaration for causing her to release Dismay into the current so that she and Peach are able to survive the flash flood.
What does Comfort mean when she tells Declaration, "You just need to go to more funerals. You get used to death if you live around it long enough" p. Most will discuss that Comfort has attended so many funerals that she has become accustomed to the process surrounding death and dying. Death is no longer something secretive and scary, but has become a part of the life process itself for Comfort and her family. Comfort prefers to conduct her thinking in her closet.
On pages , the author describes to the reader what Comfort's closet, or thinking area, looks like. Illustrate how her closet is organized. Compare Comfort's thinking area with the place where you like to do your best thinking. How are the areas the same? How are they different?
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How did you discover your thinking area? The closet is described thus: "It was cozy in the closet. I had an overhead lightbulb that I turned on and off with a pull of a long string. You may send this item to up to five recipients.
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