Bernie had called Ruby and asked her to go to Hilltop, and inform Heidi that mama had died because of her headaches. Heidi was very sad and sorrowful. She didn’t eat, talk, or sleep. All she did all day was cry. Heidi and Bernie decided for mama to be buried in Liberty, where she grew up. Ruby had the idea to leave a little gift for mama. She decided to cut a small portion of Heidi’s hair and bury it with mama. Heidi wanted to speak at the funeral, although she knew it would be very difficult for her to do so. She wanted to say that she knew mama loved her a lot, even if mama couldn't express it. Heidi then changed her mind and let the priest speak instead.
After the funeral, Roy and Ruby offered Heidi to stay with them and live in Liberty. They said she can go to school and have many friends. Heidi determined that she wanted to go back to Reno and live with Bernadette. The idea was still fresh in her mind, so she enrolled in junior high school. She also helped Bernie overcome her fear. She often participated in school events to support Heidi. Even back at home, Heidi and Bernie missed mama dearly, but they knew they had to continue living their lives. The book ends with Heidi realizing and cherishing all she knows over what she doesn’t know.
One important theme in the story is that you have to follow your questions and be extra if you want to find something out. No matter who is in your way, your passion should overpower your fears. Heidi knew it would be hard for her, it would be hard for anybody, nevertheless for a child. However, she didn’t want to give up, because she wanted to know about her mother and their past. Even when Bernie called and said she must come home, Heidi was so far and so close to her long-lost history, that nothing mattered to her. That's the attitude a person should have when they are really into a goal. Sarah Weeks did a good job of elaborating upon this moral using the young character, Heidi.