When I first began my healing I read a novel by E Annie Proulx called The Shipping News. The novel and the movie both depict character development of a few characters through the themes of grief and healing. Quoyle, the protagonist, experiences the loss of his girlfriend and the mother of his child. His father also passes away shortly before this. It is through these two events that his daughter and himself move to New Foundland to begin a new life. He becomes a writer with the local newspaper where he learns a great deal about himself and his family’s past. The film shows that it is never too late to start again in life; even after experiencing tragedy.