that which is better
When Allah takes something away from us, we can rest assured that He will replace it with something better. He asks from us only to respond to our grief and disappointment with trust and patience. How can the loss of a loved one, a child, be replaceable with better? Maybe that child would've been painfully ill; or perhaps he would've been a burden on his parents' deen, etc etc etc.  Believe me, I've been in a position to speculate the answers to this on more than one occasion.  And one can subject himself to this type of quandary until it drives him or her insane.  That's where the trust that Allahu Alim (Allah knows best) should take over and put an end to the "what if" syndrome. Allah, in His Infinite Wisdom has taken a person or situation from us and He, alone knows what replacement is better. 

A couple ayat of Qur'an that help me remember Allah's Wisdom when I need to find patience:

“…But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.” (Qur'an 2:216)
"For indeed with hardship will be ease (relief). Indeed with hardship will be ease." (Qur'an 94:5-6)

Allah has taken many things away from me that I'd felt contented with as well as entitled to keep.  But with the understanding of an awaiting compensation (either here or in the Hereafter), those losses are much easier to emotionally relinquish.

*I've added a link to a blog written by Suhaib Webb.  He has put what I've attempted to say in a much more eloquent way.  Had i read his blog first i probably wouldn't have said anything and just re-posted his instead.  Allahu Alim.
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