Human wisdom encourages us to rely on memories for comfort when someone we love passes away, but it is through Christ that our connections to them remains. Love is powerful, and loving through Jesus is the greatest connection of all. Blessed be those who have died in Christ, and we are blessed also as we "... press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12-14 NIV).
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV