A pet cemetery is a special place; a mysterious place. It is often a place where we learn to deal with loss, most of the times at the youngest of ages. In this special place we learn to hold on to the wonderful memories of our best of friends.
Yet, what happens when you are unable to deal with the death? What happens when you your grieving results in not letting go of the pet, or person, that you’ve lost? This is the situation that the audience is forced to face in the newest adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.
While adjusting to a new life, in a new home, Dr. Lewis Creed and his wife, Rachel, must begin to cope with the loss of their child after a trucking accident. Amid his grief, Lewis buries his child in the mystical Pet Sematary that rested just behind their home. Soon the once dead child returns home to her father, but there’s something wrong with her, she’s not that same. The family soon must face the deadly consequences of Dr. Lewis Creed’s actions when the living-dead child tries to reunite the family through death.
Looking deeper into this story, the audience is given the opportunity to observe the spiritual, yet lethal, consequences of not being able to deal with death in a positive and healthy way. Watching the movie, the audience can relate one of the members of the four-person family. It could the mother Rachel, who goes to stay with her parents after to child’s death. It could be Lewis, who tries to hold on to the past when he buries his recently deceased child in the mystical cemetery because he “wanted more time with her.”
Without being an expert about death and how to deal with it, it’s plane to see that there are two different ways that the parents display to deal with the death that they face. These two coping mechanisms can also be applied to our spiritual life.
These two examples are examples that I believe many of us would also fall into when you we deal with loss. We can gather around friends and family and find solace in them as we work on moving on, or we can emotionally dig up the past and not actually deal with the emotional and spiritual toll that this takes.
In our spiritual lives, it seems that we often dig up our past, not letting it rest. Often, we find that when we refuse to let our past rest, it begins to corrupt and corrode, destroying us from the inside. In the wake of our spirits corroding, the despair and depression can often seep out and entangle our family in the same corruption. This unrest can often destroy a family, “killing” everyone involved.
Here's the good news for us: we don’t need to let our grief and despair destroy us and our families. There’s hope for us all in these difficult times. There’s a God that loves us and knows our pain. God wants to heal us in a healthy way. Therefore, we are involved in community to strengthen us and encourage us through our most difficult times.