DEAR ABBY: I am a 13-year-old girl with a problem. Last spring, the day after we graduated from eighth grade, one of my friends was killed in a car accident.
Not a day goes by without my thinking about her -- or the words the principal said when he told our class the horrible news. I've read all the newspaper stories and have visited her grave. I plan on going again on her birthday. When I go to the cemetery and realize she is in the ground, I start crying a thousand tears.
I try to remember the good times we spent together -- the way she threw a ball and her big smile that could brighten anyone's day. She smiled all the time. (I used to be jealous of her because she was one of the prettiest girls in school.)
I would like to tell her family how much I loved her and to tell them all the good things we did together. I want them to know I am always thinking about her, but I don't know how to begin a letter. Can you help? -- MISSING MY FRIEND IN INDIANA
DEAR MISSING: I am sorry to learn you lost your dear friend. My heart goes out to you, her family and other friends.
Start the letter to the family by writing, "I'd like you to know the reasons I'll never forget your daughter ..." Such a letter will be a priceless treasure to her parents and will help you to work through your own grief.