I have attended two funerals in the last week for parents of friends. One was a father who died suddenly. The second was a mother whose death was expected after a brief illness. Having lost both my parents, I know the pain of this loss, the memories that sweep over you like waves in the ocean, the worry about a surviving parent who is overcome with grief. I see in both these families the love that will carry them through these times. I see the upbringing by the parents they have lost reflected in my friends' actions, their gentle nature, their kindness and strength. There is no better tribute.