Earlier this week I learned that my good friend and kalayanamitta, SN Goenka's area-teacher for Tasmania, passed away from lung cancer. Steve was only diagnosed earlier this year and faced his prognosis and demise with equanimity.
Each one of us and everyone we know and care about lives with the prospect of death.
Human life is so precious - do what needs to be done.
In the words of the Buddha:
Wishing you all swift progress on the path and may you all make an end of suffering.Meditate, Cunda, do not delay, lest you later regret it. This is my message to you.
-- Sallekha Sutta