Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. The apostle Paul
That verse comes from the 6th chapter of Romans. The whole chapter is inspiring and worth taking a moment to read.
As a pastors daughter I've attended a lot of funerals. I get death. I understand it enough to know that I don't need to buy a birthday present for the deceased next year. This Christmas, I should take them off my Christmas card mailing list. And maybe, if I've been sending them a fruit of the month, I should cancel that subscription.
If I see a book in the store that the deceased had long since been looking for, it's probably a bad idea to pick it up for them, since they're not around to appreciate it. And, I wouldn't stop at their familiar hangouts, hoping to see them.
Sounds simple right? Sounds like normal, common sense things to do right?
Then why don't I follow common sense rules for my dead self?
Why do I still say things like the dead person would say them? Why do I still think things that the dead person would think? Why do I still laugh at the dead mans sense of humor? Why do I keep my dead mans magazine subscriptions, pay 30 bucks each month for his favorite TV channels, and why do I record his favorite shows for him?
Maybe the answer as simple as this: Because he isn't really dead.