Death doesn't take meaning from life. It makes it meaningful. If you know it's going to come to an end, why not make the most of it? What is there to be afraid of? If your life ended tomorrow, would you be happy with how you lived? Death provides perspective.
Amen! Faith is like gasoline to a car. You must fill the tank to get optimal performance. When your faith begins to get low, remember to open your soul and get a re-fill. You will only get half assed results with half assed faith.