We've lost a member of the family. My first cousin Tim had fought a valiant battle against esophageal cancer, but lost his battle last Thursday afternoon. Everyone who knew him remarked that he was one of the kindest people they'd ever known.
Tim was two years younger than me and was the first family member in my generation to pass away. I'm very sad that he wasn't able to beat the cancer, but very glad that he's no longer in pain.
I have to say, difficult times like these really make you rethink what's important in life. Hug someone you love. You never know how many opportunities you might have to let them know how you feel.