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- Dan overcoming his inner demons and genetically-linked alcoholism to achieve 15 years of sobriety.
- Every scene of Dan ministering to terminally-ill patients in their last moments. Special mention goes to the last one: Dan's foul-tempered, nearly compassion-less coworker Fred Carling, whom Dan spends most of the book hating until Fred is mortally injured by a drunk driver at the end of the story. Dan helps him die peacefully, regardless of their feelings for one another, and implies that he means to give Fred's beloved dog Brownie a new home—with Abra.
- The film version, which shows Dan singing a favorite song with the patient. We only see two instances, but it's a contrast from his first uncertain efforts to a time when he's growing more comfortable with his role and death in general. Singing with the patient is incredibly sweet.
- Abra is so happy to finally meet another person like her that she practically jumps out of her skin. It's hard not to smile when she and Dan first meet up, especially considering how happy and relieved they both feel at that moment.
- Billy assisting Danny in killing members of the True Knot and David killing as many as he can to protect his daughter Abra. This makes their deaths in the movie all the more tearjerking.
- One of the last ghosts Dan sees at the Overlook is his father, who grins and waves to him before everyone leaves.
- Not only does he show up and wave goodbye to Dan, it's heavily implied that he helped push Rose to her death, thus saving the lives of his son and granddaughter. Not a bad way to make up for what happened last time around.
- While, in the movie, he doesn't see Jack and his father doesn't redeem himself, he reunites with his mother Wendy and embraces her in his childhood appearance as the thing that caused them both so much pain and heartbreak is consumed in flames.
- In a meta example (which also counts as a Crowning Moment of Awesome), the fact that Stephen King gave permission for the movie adaptation of this book to specifically be a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining. King may not approve of the changes Kubrick made, but he's willing to set that aside and grant the movie a follow-up of its own.