A Christian funeral is done not only to say goodbye the the believer, bring confort to those who are left behind, and also to celibrate the life of that person.
And to put that in the context of Jesus’ comment, imagine Jesus was walking the earth right now and he walked up to you and said the exact same thing as in the scripture preceding the one I posted, and you said the same thing. How would you interpret the posted scripture?
Yeah, me too. I’d forget about the funeral and follow him. It’s a priority thing.
That is one of my favorite tools I use to interpret scripture. After all, it is supposed to speak to me personally, so when possible I personalize it.
But as one previous poster has said, burying the dead IS a corporal work of mercy.