We've always known that "life can be short...." But when it happens to you, it gives the saying a whole new meaning. We recently lost a very valued member of our family to a horrible disease. It happened so quickly. We knew he had a short life to live, but didn't realize the disease would take him over two nights. It's been a month and a half now, and we still think of him daily. He was a strong man. A quiet man. An honorable man.
Never assume your family and friends know how much they mean to you. Tell them. Often. Don't beat around the bush. Just tell them through your actions, your gestures, and your words.