As Gregor grows weaker and is on the point of death, the pain in his body begins to ease. He feels at peace. We are told that "he thought back of his family with emotion and love."
The next morning, the housekeeper finds his dead insect body and alerts the family. They come quickly and look at the corpse, and each of them has a different response. Mr. Samsa gives "thanks to God." Mrs. Samsa makes a gesture as if she wants the housekeeper to stop poking the corpse with her broom, but she says nothing. Grete states,
Just look how thin he was. He didn’t eat anything for so long. The food came out again just the same as when it went in.
After that, Mr. Samsa rudely gets rid of their boarders and states he will fire the cleaning woman the next day. The family members also decide to take the day off from work. They take the tram out to the countryside. It is as if a weight has lifted from them. They decide their prospects are good. They will move to a smaller, less expensive apartment. Grete becomes more lively, and the parents see she is pretty and begin to invest their hopes in their daughter.
The ending is poignant in that Gregor died feeling love for his family, but they feel nothing in return. He sacrificed himself to help his parents get out of debt, but now they simply see him as a problem that has gone away and are happily—and coldly—ready to move on.