One of the most poignant hymns of the Byzantine Funeral Service comes at the very end. While standing at the grave site, the full expression of our faith, hope and love is seen in this hymn. Very simply it says that while we are returning the body to the earth, its original home, the person as the image of God has already been reclaimed by the Lord and is now dwelling with HIm in its original heavenly home.
O gaping earth,
Receive the body formed from you by the hand of God
Again returning to you as to its mother.
What has been made in his image
The Creator has already reclaimed.
O Earth, receive this body as your own.