I spent most of Saturday at a funeral for my aunt. My extended family isn't particularly close, so I have to admit her death has not affected me very much. As always, I feel worst for her husband, especially since they had an unusually good marriage.
This is the last of many of my close relatives to die of cancer. There are many slow, wasting diseases like this, but cancer is the one I'm most familiar with. My aunts, grandparents, sisters-in-law, and more have been taken in long, slow deaths. Often they have just been in their 40s. The people closest to them have suffered so much.
I am sure there are valuable lessons to be learned when you or a person close to you has cancer. But I wish there were another way to learn those lessons.