I kind of understand why a lot of people turn to God now. It's the comfort. When you're dealing with something like death, it's incredibly hard to contemplate the absolute emptiness that follows it.
Without God, without an after-life, what remains when you die? From an atheist viewpoint, nothing does. You just disappear. And your loved ones? When they go, that's it. You will never get to see them again. They no longer exist, and your memories are all you have left.
Death seems cold and indifferent and it leaves you feeling rather empty.
Adding the concept of God and an after life where the dead 'move on to a better place' make death easier to swallow. Whether it's true or not is irrelevant.
And instead of saying all of your goodbyes Let them know you realize that life goes fast It's hard to make the good things last You realize the sun doesn't go down It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round