What was interesting about how it affected me and "she who must not be named", because we were both a bit sluffoned (probably spelt wrong, and a Yorkshire ism) not exactly upset but not leaping for joy either.
We had been playing with Serefina, Crue Jazz and Bjorg for about a year I suppose and I certainly had not considered that they might die. We had grown very close to the characters but also quite able to take their continued "existence" for granted.
I have never really liked characters that went on and on, but this time I have to say that I am going to miss them. The only up side is that you can get the dice out and start again... can't wait.