[quote="Sam_777, post:1, topic:302558"]
Sometimes when I read (Matthew 8:21-22) I think once someone is dead, we should just get the body to the nearest grave in any condition because it will break down anyway by the bacteria and becomes of no value, the most important aspect was the soul which gone to GOD.
The dead body was once a human being, and as such, an "imago Dei".
The dead human body is therefore to be treated with reverence, with allowance for physical conditions (cremation etc are allowable in epidemics, etc).
It is Church teaching that that person will somehow live again; therefore it is important to pray over the body.
Other than that, I agree that some of the modern death culture is excessive (viewings lasting for days, mountains of flowers, etc). But that is up to the families involved.