Max never married or had children, but last week I smiled every time those of us waiting in his hospital room were asked, “Are you family?” We all think we are. His friends — of all ages — and scattered over the globe — comprise one of the biggest families a single man could ever imagine.
There isn't enough space to adequately describe the importance of these two people in my life. The best I can do to help you know how much they mattered is by borrowing some lines from one of my favorite philosophers — Winnie-the-Pooh.
“We'll be friends, forever, won't we, Pooh?” asked Piglet.
“Even longer,” Pooh answered. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.