I'm sorry for you loss, seek10. Always a difficult time for the family. I've taken comfort in the notion that the loved ones that have left us are likely in a better situation now, especially those that were suffering from serious and prolonged illnesses. Much strength and understanding to you and your family in this difficult time.
My condolences to you and your family, friend. Ennio's right, I don't know anyone who doesn't have a friend or family member either going through cancer, who went through it in the past, or who died from it.