How has the main character changed in the book The Lovely Bones?

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In Sebold's The Lovely Bones, the main character Susie Salmon changes as she learns to accept her death and lets her family get on with living.  When the novel opens, the reader immediately learns that Susie has been murdered and that she is narrating the story from the afterlife.  She gives the details of her murder and her family's attempts to find her murderer and her body.  Just before Susie died, she was becoming involved with Ray Singh, a boy at school whom Susie liked for quite a while.  After she dies, she regrets that she never got the chance to kiss Ray.  Susie is also upset that she has abruptly been ripped away from her family, and their grief torments her.  Susie makes several "contacts" with her family, but her spiritual presence only serves to make all more upset.  Susie also trades places with Ruth so that she can see Ray one more time, and she gets her first kiss.  After this, Susie is able to cross over and let her family continue living without her.  So Susie changes in that she becomes accepting of the reality of her situation, and she learns to embrace death and the afterlife.