I attended a funeral this week.
The day was rainy. The deceased man was Jewish. He was not exactly young, but seemed too young to die of a brain tumor.
The service itself was a mix of comforting and haunting.
The Jewish-ness of the service was interesting. The rabbi quoted from the Tanakh many times. He spoke of the promises offered by God, and ended by speaking of a fervent hope for the future.
At the end, the rabbi spoke of the hope in a future coming of the Messiah.
I realized that Christians find hope in the same thing; the main difference is over whether the future coming is the first or second appearance of the Messiah.
After the service, the family and friends met, talked, and remembered the life and death of this man.