People say your loved ones live in your heart. You hear that a lot after someone dies. This kind of response doesn't necessarily have a religious meaning to it. Personally, I never found scripture helpful in dealing with death. But I absolutely believe that our loved ones do live inside of us after their physical form is gone.
When someone faces cancer, they are told many things by medical professionals and loved ones. The one thing no one tells you about living with cancer is the intrinsic loneliness that comes diagnosis.