In Walk Two Moons, Sal must learn to cope with death. Her whole life is affected by the death of loved ones. At first, she doesn't understand why people must die, so she tries to find ways to make it go away. But then, gradually, she realizes that death is a natural part of life, that there is nothing she can do to prevent it or to explain it away. Once she has realized this, Sal is free to live her life with hope.
Sal's fear of death keeps her from living her own life to the fullest.
Coping with death helps Sal grow up.