by Ronald Beutel
Question: How do I assemble all the key players when some are quite distant or others are already dead?
Can the protgonist have a dream?
Can the protagonist simply talk about them?Answer:
If you feel the need to finish all the characters' stories by giving them a presence in the end, those are two ways of doing so.
But there are lots of ways, including...
* phone calls
* finding a newspaper article that mentions what the absent character is doing now
* having one character "stand in" for another (e.g. "If my Dad were here, he'd say...")
Another method would be to have an epilogue written in the point of view of a different character (perhaps the impact character).
Lots of options.