The question of why God takes life comes up quite often. And no one ever has a good answer for that question. This is for good reason.
God does not take life. God only gives life.
This simple idea came to me through an aunt, during a time when our family was dealing with a loss. This simple idea resonated in an overwhelming way. It is so simple, and it feels so true.
The consciousness of God enters physical form through the variety of life that comes to be on Earth (and maybe elsewhere in the Universe). The structure of life (i.e. the body) is a means through which God’s consciousness can take on physical form. In this sense, physicality is given life when God consciousness decides to enter a living being as it forms, and the life is a vessel which hold that tiny portion of God consciousness within it. This continues until the physical body is too weak (in some way) to keep hold of the consciousness (spirit). This is what we call death, and it happens to the body in a variety of ways. But the consciousness of God does not leave the body/life until the body itself is unable to hold onto to the consciousness.
It is an interesting thought, and it rings very true the more I think about it.