I am a proud member of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement. I believe in a afterlife for all. With that being said its still never easy to see brilliant and talented people leaving this life when there is still so much work to be done. When its someone close to your age it kind of rattles the soul. There are so many people who are close to us who were vital parts of our lives who have joined the company of saints and it makes life a little less awesome. Perhaps it is a reminder we all have a responsibility to make things great for people who rely upon us to carry the torch.