This world, my brethren, is like a prison. When must man rejoice? When he enters the prison or when he is being liberated from the prison? It seems to me… when he comes out of the prison he must rejoice. Therefore, my brethren, do not grieve for the dead, but if you love them to do what you can for their souls; offer liturgies, memorial services, fasts, prayers, alms.
St. Cosmas of Aitolos