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While cel­e­brat­ing what we are lucky enough to have at Christ­mas time, I am al­ways acutely aware at this time of year of those who aren’t so lucky, or who’ve suf­fered a ter­ri­ble loss. Christ­mas for them is an ag­o­nis­ing re­minder of what they don’t have.

A few weeks ago I in­ter­viewed the mother of Cor­rie McKeague, the ser­vice­man who went miss­ing. Ni­cola Urquhart is around the same age as me, and was des­per­ately wor­ried about her child. Sit­ting op­po­site her, I could lit­er­ally feel her pain.

Fam­i­lies do in­ter­views like this, how­ever harrowing they may be, be­cause it can help in the search for peo­ple. Ni­cola and I both knew this, but in­stead of ask­ing her ques­tions, what I re­ally wanted to do was put my arms around her as she cried.

Shortly af­ter­wards I spoke to the par­ents of Stella Kambi, one of the teenagers who drowned at Thorpe Marshes last year. They did an interview af­ter the inquest so they could pay trib­ute to their daugh­ter. They have a very strong faith, and when I asked how they were cop­ing, Stella’s mother said very qui­etly “I am try­ing my best, but it is so hard”.

Peo­ple en­dure such dread­ful things, and some­how man­age to carry on. Some we know about, oth­ers may be suf­fer­ing a pri­vate agony they’re hid­ing from view. Let’s hold them in our thoughts this Christ­mas, and pray they can find some joy in the fes­tiv­i­ties and, most im­por­tantly, some peace.

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