But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
A Christian funeral has to be a different animal than a pagan funeral. We are saddened, of course, and tears flow, but we are also joyful, knowing that our dear one is with Jesus and joined with loved ones already in Heaven. Jesus Christ made that possible for us. I can't quite grasp all that His death meant to the world, but I know that I don't deserve His mercy and grace, yet He gives it to me for the taking.