My thoughts, brief and not thought out completely, of the past 5 minutes:
Loss and suffering are hard and difficult things. But they are very much a reality in a fallen world. The question is not are we, as people, going to experience loss, pain, and suffering, but how do we respond when we see it.
I believe that loss must not be overlooked. It must be accepted and appreciated. Death creates a hole in your being. You may fill it with what you choose. But fill it with more things that result only in more pain, more loss, and more suffering and your being erodes.
Fill it with the Spirit. Fill it with Jesus.
What's more beautiful than life from death?
What better to fill gaping sores from pain and loss than the God who conquered death itself?
1 Corinthians 15: 31
2 Corinthians 4: 20-12