I had to deal with three deaths within a span of 4 weeks. In Mid-October last year, my aunt died of pancreatic cancer, then two weeks later, my distant cousin died of a brain aneurysm, and she didn't even reached 30! I didn't know her too well, but still... Then two weeks after that, my grandmother died. That really affected me.
I was pretty much raised by my grandmother in my early years of my life, and so was my older brother. My mom was too busy going to work and attending school, and my father was busy as well, trying to make ends meet. She had just turn 21 when she had me (my mother's birthday is April 19th, and mine is April 20th, so I guess you can say that I was her 21th birthday present, LOL!). And it was that way until I turned five, when my parents move to another location that was further away from my grandmother. We still visited her, but I guess since me and my brother didn't spend as much time with her as we did in the past, we weren't as attached. Still, to know that she's no longer around feels so weird to me. However, I don't think it would feel as weird as my uncle.
I can't imagine what he's going through. The aunt who died of pancreatic cancer was his wife, and now his mother is dead in a month's span (the cousin who died was on my father's side). I was close to her as well, not super-close, but you know what I mean.
It wasn't totally unexpected, unlike the previous two deaths in my family. She had dementia for at least 10 years, but besides that, she was in relatively good physical heath. However, in the end she passed away.
She was buried in Jamaica, so me and my partner had to fly to Jamaica for her funeral, and that took up a good chunk of my money. Plus, I had to help out with my parents in the funeral cost, because my uncles didn't pay shit for it (my mother has no sisters, thus I have no aunts on my mom's side).
It just goes to show that you are not guaranteed to live another day, so you better make the most of it.