Richard Lawrence Belford is the author of It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later; a collection of inspirational parables. A parable is a symbolic story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle or moral lesson. He is also a regular contributor to Centering Corporation's Grief Digest Magazine and Grief Resource Library. The Centering Corporation is the largest grief resource center in North America.

On May 3rd 2011, Richard wrote The Duke of Cambridge Prince William enclosing a copy of his parable “A Mother’s Work Is Never Done” in anticipation of His Royal Highness’s visit Richard’s hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This is where His Royal Highness chose to unselfishly share in the country’s July 1st birthday celebrations on what was certainly a most difficult day, given it was also his late mother Diana’s 50th birthday.

On the eve of Prince William's trip to Canada Richard received a letter from St James Palace thanking for his very thoughtful and beautiful poem. It also said that His Royal Highness was deeply touched by its words of support and encouragement, and included his warmest thanks and heartfelt best wishes. 

Richard will always remember how incredibly gratifying it was to think that he had been allowed  to touch the heart of a son, whose mother had touched so many of ours. 

He believes It's Not Goodbye, It’s See You Laters’ parables and short stories about life, love and loss will inspire those who read it to always try & say; “I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye! Richard also feels those who have experienced loss should support one another’s efforts to comfort others, and thanks you for yours. 

The book can be purchased from the Centering Corporation's Grief Resource in the United States, in Canada or worldwide. Richard can be contacted at: for further information.