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Rich relationships make for difficult goodbyes

A lucky person is someone who has had relationships that make saying goodbye difficult to do.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD Modified: March 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm •  Published: April 1, 2013

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