This year, worldwide, people mourned the loss of such icons as Elizabeth Taylor, Amy Winehouse, Steve Jobs, Christopher Hitchens and race car driver Dan Wheldon.
Of course, death on the national or international stage is one thing, but losing those close to us is the most difficult.
Did you suffer the loss of someone near to you this year? We'd like to highlight that person's story.
What better way to do that than through a photo marking a moment in his or her life. It can be a powerful tribute, with or without words.
Submit a photo and caption here -- so our readers can share in your memories.