Coming out as a atheist has been good for me. As I worked on removing the illogical religious parts from my life, the world just started to make more sense. The last few years, the world has been in a much more logical order for me. Even those items I don't understand are not understandable in a logical way.
I do miss on some level the love and compassion found in the religious people during times of tragedy. I feel this sometimes as a deep ache in my "heart."
I had a friend commit suicide last year. He had 4 bad vertabrae from two accidents and the last surgery made the pain even worse. He could not do anything he loved to do and pain medications could not make the pain go away. With the prospects of thirty plus more years of pain and suffering, he settled his affairs and took his life.
As an atheist, I find this totally justified. I watched him suffer for two years. He had nothing left to live for...no family, couldn't do anything that made him happy. I mourned the loss of my friend and took solace in the fact he was not suffering anymore. Yet, the process left me empty and incomplete.
Religion with all its lies and falsehoods gives us a place, and a process for us to heal. It's the one time I feel jealous of my religious friends. It's the one time that I miss the comfort of the falsehoods and belief systems of my youth as truth can be harsh even on those who seek it.