We humans are not disembodied spirits, we are spirited flesh and enfleshed spirits, and our flesh is important. It is essential to who we are. And when someone dies, or our ability to gather in the
flesh to support and strengthen and encourage one another is interrupted, something important has happened, and we need to grieve that loss.
The apostle Paul wrote that we shouldn’t grieve without hope, but we still grieve, because something important has changed. We grieve with hope when we mourn the loss of someone or something important, offering that loss to God in hope and faith. So we don’t grieve without hope, but we still grieve with hope.