Where the Lost Things Go: What Mary Poppins, Death, & the Afterlife Have in Common

How are we supposed to cope with the loss of our loved ones while on this side of the veil? Is there reason for hope of life beyond the grave for them; for us? Or is it all vain and meaningless? What if I don’t think the person lived a “good enough” life, is there still hope for them that I can cling to if there is a Heaven & Hell? These matters of grief and hope are covered in this article, sparked by the song “The Place Where Lost Things Go” in the movie “Mary Poppins Returns”.

The Truth of the Matter

I wanted to have this article published nearly two months ago, but with the difficulty of the subject and the busyness of life, I had to delay it. My wife and I (somewhat) recently went to see the movie Mary Poppins Returns in theaters and I was captivated by how well done the movie was, but I was particularly drawn in by a song in the movie called “The Place Where Lost Things Go”. (Some spoilers ahead!) This song is about Mary Poppins finding a way to comfort the three children in the film (Anabel, John, & Georgie) who had recently lost their mother. To add to their confusion about losing their mother, their father (Michael Banks) is caught up in financial struggles while trying to keep up with the craziness of life without his wife, whom it seems he has had little time to properly grieve. This is where…

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