1.) Nick’s father suffered and died due to his cancer illness. After finding out that he himself got cancer as well, Nick was having a hard time deciding whether to tell his mother about it or not to protect her from getting hurt again.
2.) Nick witnessed his father’s suffering through cancer and therefore his memories of him made him feel more nervous about his diagnosis.
3.) What Nick’s mother meant by her words to him was that Nick should look into how his father lived; all the good things he has done when he was alive, not the time when he died. Nick took what she said on board and we can see this at the end of the movie where he goes out to the world and had fun.
4.) When Julia destroyed Meryl’s memorial, the viewers were given the impression that Julia feels like her privacy was being intruded by everyone (especially the media). She destroyed the memorial because she did not want anybody else to have anything to do with her and her husband’s death anymore. Julia made a memorial herself later on which served as a therapy which opened her to the next stages of grieving – healing and moving on.
5.) The scenes where the train driver’s son brought a drink to his father and when Phil was with his daughter gave us the impression that both of these characters (Phil and the train driver) are changing their views about their families. The train driver acknowledged that his son was growing up by giving him a glass of the beer that he brought, and Phil was happy that he was there for his daughter’s birthday.
6.) Cathy and Anna both challenged Andy to be a little bit more responsible regarding children. Though we see that Andy is glad to be with his kids, we still see him doing silly things such as giving them ice cream and junk foods even though Cathy had told him not to. This incident, as well as not taking responsibilities to his baby with Anna angered both women.
7.) The scene where Andy walked by Julia and Rob’s home was significant because it told us that Anna and Cathy’s challenge impacted on him. Andy must’ve been thinking about his actions in the past and is reflecting on those actions.
8.) Meryl was angry with Nick because she was dumped by him. She wanted to be loved by someone because she was feeling lonely after her father’s death, and here he was dumping her after doing all those things together. These things were said by Meryl herself in their argument.
9.) Meryl ran away because she was overwhelmed of what Nick had told him. First he dumps her and then he tells her that he had cancer. Having Meryl’s father die of cancer, she must’ve been experiencing a very complicated emotion.
10.) In the scene where Andy was standing on the railway, the viewers were given the impression that he was going to commit suicide. He must have felt hopeless and useless after thinking about his life.