Have you ever wondered, what became of someone; good old ________? The list of names could include an old classmate or teacher, a cousin who dropped out of the family, a former co-worker, a once popular musician, a neighbor who moved away, someone who was fighting an addiction or disease, or that of a former love.
There are several reasons why you might wish to know where they are and how they are doing. With most names on the list you likely seek confirmation that life is going well for them. (There can be exceptions when you may wish the opposite.) You may wish to contact them again. Reasons could include finding out where they live and what they are doing these days, saying you are sorry, or discovering whether they recovered from a loss or disease. Maybe you just want to know if they are still alive.
As life moves along, more and more names are unavoidable added to this list. You may have lost track of them 30 years ago or just 30 days ago. You may start by making contact a person who just may know about the missing person. However, after making a reasonable effort, you may have no choice but to accept the fact that they are gone for good.
Keeping track of everyone you encounter in life is not possible. In fact, it is not a good way to spend time and concern. Most of those that are gone were in your life for a time but not for time without end. They served your needs then and you served theirs, too. You moved on and so did they. Satisfy yourself with an occasional “I remember when ___ and I _________.”