There are no good answers for how to confront these issues. However it doesn't mean that this admittedly more frightening reality isn't true. Just because it would be a happier existence with a loving God and an afterlife does not mean there is one.
I've spent a long time coming to terms with that and I personally do not think there is a God or a broader metaphysical reason for our existence.
But it doesn't mean that is a happier realization and it doesn't obviate the fact that belief and the security of faith is at least superficially more emotionally protective.