Please bear with me on this, I'm very serious about what I'm seeking an answer to and I see that this board treats people with Derech Eretz. So I hope that even if no answer is available, I wont be ridiculed for asking either.
"Hamechadesh bechol yom tamid ma'aseh breishit"
- Hashem created the world thru Dibur and sustains it constantly with Dibur. You cant ask how on such a thing.
- A person Has Veshalom passes away. His Neshama ascends to Hashem and all we have left is the physical body which we honor with Rechitza and sewn into a Tachrich/Shroud and Kevura/Burial.
Why would Hashem keep willing Ken Yihi Retzono, that the Neshamas former habitation, now an empty Guf/body to remain still for us to bury
Yes we are left with the body and even after the flesh of the body disintegrates and returns to the earth, the bones are still there and as we know from fossils, could be there underground indefinitely.
So on the one hand Hashem sustains creation, and that means even to the tiniest grain of sand every day, yet I would think that since Body and Soul are Gashmiut and Ruchniut working together as it were, that they would both be gone at time of death and not just the Neshamah.
"Ben Bag-Bag used to say: Turn it and turn it again, for everything is in it. Pore over it, and wax gray and old over it. Stir not from it for you can have no better rule than it Ethics of Our Fathers 5:26
Believe me I have turned this idea over and over again in my mind. I think it started when my beloved parents died, and I had to go each time and Identify them at the Chevra Kadisha before the coffin was closed and the Hesped and Levaya would commence. I would have done anything not to have to see them before the closing of the Aron as one must verify that the person being honored is the actual person in the Aron. Hashem takes the Neshama, yet we must view the corporeal half of our loved ones one last time. It does not make sense.
The Neshama and Guf are a unit, why does one remain when other goes? Surely he has ceased to will this person thru Dibur to remain on earth alive. For me it was Tzar Baalei Chaim of untold magnitude.
I know some things are nistar, but surely if a simple Jew like me asks this question, surely it must have bothered one of the greats among our Chachamim also. Does Chazal of yesterday or today tackle what I would call a very philosophical point imho.
Kol HaKavod, and thank you in advance for anything you can offer.