Thanks, cofty, I'll keep an eye out for the <span> tags
The essay was about the "blessings" that come with atheism. Poor choice of words, IMO. But the author is right that atheists need to be more willing to talk about why they are atheists, and be more of a community presence. Hard to do with individual thinkers, though, like herding cats. As for what to say when someone dies, well, the atheist at least faces reality. Warm fuzzy fantasies don't really help anyone who has lost a loved one feel better.
Death is a really sad event, no one wants to die, and the reality is we're all going to do so. It's a bitter thing, but at least for the time we are alive we can really love life, take advantage of its wonders, and remember we aren't alone. That's what makes an atheist moral -- the knowledge that everyone is in the same boat.
Just rambling, thinking about the essay that was the point of the OP.