O.K. It's time to get sentimental.

Please feel free to share a note about someone you love, be it someone here or someone you loved who has passed away, unless you manly men would rather stab yourself.

I wouldn't want to encourage any unnecessary bloodshed.

I'll go first.

Dear Linda,

You were my best friend.

Your brilliance, your dry wit, your kindness, your wisdom and the pleasure of a long and deep conversation with you are missed more than you can know.

The world lost a great soul who was, as all great souls must be, truly humble. (I know, I know, you're denying it even now).

When you died 11 years ago on October 1, 2001, I didn't know how I'd navigate being on this earth without your constant friendship.

Who would I call when I wanted to get your perspective on something? Where would I turn when I wanted to talk about spirituality or about the latest book I read, or what to do with my doubts about my marriage and where to hide the body?

After 20 incredible years of being your friend, sharing your triumphs and tragedies (like the sudden-ahem- loss of your first husband just months after you were married), you were JUST GONE.

Every single day I think of the love and friendship you brought me and every single day I miss you.

I think you understood me better than anyone else I've ever known.

And I think maybe I understood YOU better than anyone else, as well.

But as much as there will always be an empty place in my heart that your profound friendship filled, I'll always be glad I had the gift of your companionship.

I wouldn't have missed it for anything, even having to suffer the pain of your passing away.

Thank you, my friend.

Until we meet again....

 P.S. Thank you for the advice about the body.