"For all of you out there who lost a loved one around Christmas time, know that if they could speak to you today they would undoubtedly tell you the words that you are feeling for them as you think of each other. Imagine that they could exchange Christmas presents with you this year. Do not doubt that your presents to each other would be other than exactly the same. They would wish you happiness and tell you how much they miss you and love you. They would wish that they'd done things with you they hadn't done or not done some things they had. They would wish that they'd done some things better and left some things unsaid from time to time. There is nothing wrong in wishing the dead well or even wishing them alive; such is an enduring feature of human nature.
This year, blow up a balloon and write on it their name and the Christmas message that you still love and miss them. Then release your feelings of Christmas good-will into the heavens. Alternately, write down all the things that you would say to them were they here and then burn your letter of love. Believe me it will make you feel much better to express your feelings. I know; I've done it and I also know many others who have benefited from this seemingly innocent action. Merry Christmas Mum and Dad and all the Fordes who no longer grace this earth with your presence. I love you all." William Forde: December 28th, 2013.