I know what you mean on both counts Rock, though I have to say, the ghoul afterlife was just too silly awesome. I killed as many clothies that way as I did while I was alive. I don't feel bad about it being removed. =)
Overall though I'm seeing the tanking buffs as pretty minor in the wash so far. It is a reduction in survival, but it's not as bad as it looked at first. The pvp buffs are distinct, but let's face it, we are gods in pvp right now.