"You weep with songs which have been created to bring
melancholy to the soul, and you place your all into saddened chants in order
to completely sadden your soul. Just as it is characteristic of actors
to mimic an occasion by using costumes to produce the scenes in a play, so
do you think it should be with yourself for one who mourns. You
believe that there should be the same appearance, that is a black outfit
with unwashed hair with darkness in your house, filthy, dirty and chanting
saddened songs, which do not close the wounds of sadness but rather
open them. Let the persons who have no hope do these actions. You on
the other hand have been taught that all who have died "In
Christ", a physical body has died but has been replaced with one
that cannot be seen, the old physical body is replaced by a body which can
have no illness, the old body which has just life is replaced with a
spiritual body that lives forever.
Why then do you cry for he who has died? This
person has left this life and left an old wear for a new wear.
Also, do not cry for yourself because you are sturdy with a helper who is
useful in life, because the bible says. "It is good for someone to be
hopeful in Christ rather than to be hopeful in people" Do not cry for
those even who have had unfortunate and fearful events occur for them.
Because soon in the second coming the horns of heaven will make them wake
and bring them before the throne of Christ."
Source: Taken from Saint Basil the Great's speech