Bridge to Teribithia

2007

Bridge to Teribithia

[Child loss] When Jess returns home, his father reveals that Leslie (young girl) died after hitting her head in the creek when the rope she used snapped. Jess first denies it and runs to check on Leslie, but he notices the severed rope as well as emergency vehicles surrounding her house before eventually accepting her death.

The following day, Jess and his parents visit the Burke family to pay their respects. Leslie's father, Bill Burke, tells Jess she loved him, and thanks him for being the best friend she ever had, since she never had friends at her old school. Jess feels overwhelming guilt for Leslie's death, lashing out at both Hoager and May Belle, and imagining the "Dark Master" from Terabithia chasing after him before breaking down into tears, but his father comforts and consoles him.