Saying goodbye is one of those things that we have to do. All of us. Whether we get to say it in person or not really doesn't matter: we either say it in person or in spirit.
What's hard to do is to prepare yourself to say goodbye. No matter how you try to steel yourself, it's impossible to come to that moment and remember what you promised yourself you'd do or say.
And so it all comes out wrong, or inappropriate, or you break down when you swore you'd stay strong.
Ray Davies clearly kept his promise to himself at some point, if this song is anything to go by: "Thank you for the days/Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me/I’m thinking of the days/I won’t forget a single day, believe me/I bless the light/I bless the light that lights on you, believe me/And though you’re gone/You’re with me every single day, believe me."
It's graceful, loving, calm and celebratory, a sort of "Perfect Day" for the departed; a song that pushes us gently towards reflecting on the good times, the happiness, rather than dwell on anything negative.
But sadly it still doesn't stop you breaking down at the key moment....