How Mary Poppins Helped Me Grieve

I grew up adoring this movie. My sister and I would watch it often, but it took me a while to watch the remake. Mainly because we didn’t have a streaming service to watch it with. But when I finally did see it, woah. You can ask my husband; I talked about it an annoying amount!

My favorite part of the movie, there are many, but my favorite is a song called “The Place Where the Lost Things Go.”

Let me pivot for a quick second before I continue. While from the outside my family looks very whole and put together, we are tragically missing a huge piece. Our son Leo passed away in 2017 from SIDS. It has been a tremendous journey to keep going in life, but thank God for my kids, family, and faith that keeps us strong. Prior to Leo passing, my mother passed away in 2015. She was quite ill, but I promise you, you are never prepared to lose a parent. Especially a mom. She knew me entirely, loved me fiercely, and always gave the best advice, even when I didn’t want to hear it.

Okay, back to the movie. So the movie starts off with three kids?! Wait, what?! Where are “Jane and Michael Banks” (sung in my best British singsong voice).
We quickly realize these are Michael’s kids, and then find out that their mother has just passed away. The children are out flying a kite one day, and then the kite gets swept away by the wind. It returns with Mary Poppins attached to it!

After a series of adventures, we should expect nothing less, there comes a very somber moment.

George Banks, their youngest son, has a bad dream. He wakes and says how much he misses their mom. Mary Poppins then responds with “you can’t lose what you’ve never lost” Then the song begins…

“Do you ever dream
Or reminisce?
Wondering where to find
What you truly miss
Well maybe all those things
That you love so
Are waiting in the place
Where the lost things go

So when you need her touch
And loving gaze
Gone but not forgotten
Is the perfect phrase
Smiling from a star
That she makes glow
Trust she’s always there
Watching as you grow
Find her in the place
Where the lost things go

My gracious. As a bereaved child and parent, this HIT. It truly drove home for me, that our loved ones are really still near.

If you are someone who has lost someone near, I hope this helps you grieve with the realization that they aren’t truly lost, in the way our senses tell us. No, our eyes can no longer see them, our arms can’t feel their embrace, our hands can’t run through their hair… but we carry them in our spirit!

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