"As often as we proclaim the Lord's death and sing the word 'Maranatha' in church, we join with heaven's protest against death's grip on all creation and cultivate a longing for God's victory to be complete. O Death, we keep our wounds of grief from healing knowing that your defeat is sure! The scars on the body of the resurrected Jesus assure us that pain will not be the only tie that binds us to the Christian departed." Cory B. Wilson from his article "Why Resurrection People Remember the Dead" in Christianity Today, the best thoughts I've ever read on the subject.
And I read it this morning again, Jesus' words to Jarius, "...'Don't be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.'" (Luke 8:50)
While our wounds of grief for those departed remain open until He comes again, we are to live unafraid, just believing that healing is on its way with the certain coming of our risen King.
He is risen!
He is risen indeed!