In the waters of baptism, Christians make the passage with Jesus Christ through death to the new life of the resurrection. Each day of our lives is shaped by this baptismal journey. Within our lives, we mark particular occasions of transition and passage in various ways.
At a person’s death, the church shares the grief of those who mourn and remembers the brevity of life on earth. At the funeral we give voice to sorrow, thank God for our loved one, and entrust this companion of ours into the hands of God. Trusting in God’s promises in baptism that we are claimed by Christ forever, we rest in the sure hope of the resurrection. When the church gathers to mark the end of life, Christ crucified and risen is the witness of worship, the strength of mutual consolation, and the hope of healing.
(Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 279)