LBK, IoanC, augustin717, podkarpatska - thank you very much for the words of comfort offered to the bereaved for those who have reposed within Orthodoxy. I wrote something that incorporates all those elements in a card sent to the family.
IoanC - I agree, at times like this, what you say and express to people depends upon your relationship with them and where they stand in matters of God and faith. In this instance, all people concerned are devout Orthodox Christians and friends, but I'd be careful on a future occasion where I didn't know the person(s) or their beliefs well.
Schultz - yes, sometimes a simple response is most appropriate. That podcast sounds good, I'll look it up and give it a listen.
Fr. Hopko did a splendid podcast on death (I think it was the one titled "Darwin and Christianity - Part 11: Death") and how we should feel a sense of loss b/c this all wasn't supposed to happen. Death sucks. It is the enemy and mourning is not only okay, it is the right thing to do.
Amen! This is why I love Orthodoxy