In Bridge to Terabithia Jess has to find a way to deal with his grief. After the Burkes move Jess, goes back to the "bridge" and builds a new and safer crossing. He has had to rescue his little sister and fears for her safety. He builds a bridge that is safe and he and his sister go into "Terabithia" to celebrate the memory of Leslie.
Jess feels at peace finally realizing that the real magic is not in the place, but in himself. He decides to live his life as fully as he can.