It is a departure or sleep because this reminds us one day we will be awakened in the second coming of Christ. As we say in the Creed, "We believe in the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the coming age."
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In the Old Testament, as well as the New Testament, both, the justified and the unjustified are called one day to " rise up, " or be resurrected.
" And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. " Daniel 12 v. 2, 3
And according to the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church :
" The mystery of resurrection teaches that after death there will be resurrection. When a person dies, he does not remain destroyed and rotting, but rises again. How does he rise ? There will be a proclamation saying : " You who are dead arise. " There will be three invisible sounds of horns. At the first sounding of the horn, all the dust of bodies scattered above and beneath, in the sea, and on the land, that were eaten by wild animals, by the wind dispersed, or completely perished after death will be reassembled and gathered in their previous forms. When the second horn is sounded, the bones will be joined with the flesh and blood, and they will be perfect bodies but with no sign of life or movement until the apointed time. At the third soundind of the horn, the dead will rise in the twinkling of an eye, with the works that they did, whether good or bad, written out before them, the males as mature youths of thirty years, the females as mature maidens of fifteen years. They will rise in permanent form and with the faculty of speech, without any part lacking from the hairs of their heads down to their toenails. The dead will arise following the example of the Lord Jesus Christ, the firstborn who arose destroying corruption and the grave, having remained in the depths of the grave three days and three nights. He is the firstborn of all who died : " He became the initiator of the resurrection, because He is the firstborn to rise separated from the dead, " as Severus said ; during resurrection, they do not rise, as the tall, tall ; the short, short ; the fair skinned, fair skinned ; the dark skinned, dark skinned, the fat, fat, and the thin, thin. Instead each person will have the same body and form. " No one will be short or tall, fair skinned or dark skinned, " says Athanasius. Those who did good will rise resembling Christ, shining seven times brighter than the sun. But those who did evil will rise resembling the devil, clothed in darkness. " The righteous will stand on the Lord's right hand, and those who did evil on the Lord's left hand. " Then he will make judgment, saying to those on His right hand, " Come blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. " " To those on His left hand he will say, " Be separated from me, enemies of my Father, impure of soul to the fire of Gehannam where the fire is not quenched, where the worm does not sleep, and where is eternal mourning, But the righteous into life eternal. " "