1. How does the landscape through which Casey travels and and which she inhabits mirror or oppose Casey's emotions and thoughts? Does the changing scenery help or hinder her growth?
2. How do you feel about Death having helpers? Would you rather envision the Grim Reaper as being everywhere at once, reaping all souls?
3. Armstrong is depicted as a small town with a small circle of people and problems. How does this coincide with your own experience, whether you live in a small town or a large city?
4. Casey is finally able to take a step forward at the end of the book. How did the experiences in Armstrong, with its story of revenge and forgiveness, play into her personal growth?
5. Hapkido is a martial art all about controlling yourself and your environment and acting defensively. How does this dictate the way Casey interacts with Death and with the people she comes across? What does she still have to learn when it comes to self-control?
6. The Grim Reaper is depicted as having interests and hobbies beyond collecting souls. How do you feel about Death being a source of humor in the book?
7. Do you see death as being something to fear or something that's just a part of life? Does it make a difference if the person is young or old, or how the death comes about?
QUESTIONS FOR BEYOND THE GRAVE
8. In the beginning of the story Casey must deal with the three drunk men. How do you think she should have done it? Are you okay with her running away and having them arrested without her being present? What is a safe and appropriate way for women to escape harm, but at the same time have justice be served?
9. Nell is a source of kindness and love in the story. What does it say about the town and about humanity that sometimes it is through children that good is seen?
10. Do you have hope for Lance Victor, that he will finally learn a lesson? How can you teach someone who is afraid to step away from a harmful influence?