Two Thoughtful and Emotional Blogs

These are making the link rounds, for good reason.
Dear Elana: Parents journal about the sudden death of their six-year old daughter. “Elena was surrounded by her four grandparents in the hospital. Grandparents are not supposed to bury a beautiful six year old. Neither are parents.”
Five Reasons to Get Cancer: A Zen practitioner is diagnosed with prostrate cancer. “That moment was the last moment when I hadn’t quite absorbed the news, when I didn’t quite have cancer yet. Afterwards the thing that struck me was the feeling of nakedness with people, of falling into their eyes and swimming in the spaces there. In the end, this intimacy seemed to be more significant than the news about cancer”