In light of the grief this church is currently experiencing both individually and collectively, I wanted to share the following quote from C. S. Lewis in a letter he wrote to a woman facing death in 1963.
“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.” — C. S. Lewis 
One of the great sure and certain hopes of Christianity is that those we have lost to death have gone on to better things.
 C. S. Lewis to Mary. June 17, 1963. In Letters to an American Lady (Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans Pub., 1967) 117.