Churches used to have their own cemeteries, right in their yard. Imagine having to pass through graves and tombstones as you enter the church building to worship and pray. Things have changed quite a bit. Cemeteries are now run by mortuaries and moved out of city centers to the outskirts. It is as if people don't want to be reminded of death, including even Christians. They don't mind seeing it on movie screens and video games--these fictional, unreal deaths by hundreds and thousands. But not real deaths. It is as if they want to move any reminder of real deaths out of sight and out of mind.
Can we blame them? If this life is all there is to life and death is the end of it all, there is really nothing pleasant about death, is there? You have to let go of everything you've been working for all your life. You have to say goodbye to everyone you know and love. It is true that some look forward to dying because their pain is so unbearable. But death, even for them, is only the lesser of two evils, not anything remotely pleasant.
But denying or ignoring death as long as possible is no real solution, is it? Of all the things in life, what can we be absolutely certain of? Success? Happiness? Health? Marriage? Children? Longevity? Nothing is 100% certain in life except death. How foolish it is to ignore the only thing that is absolutely certain in life! Everyone dies (unless the Lord should return any time soon). Death is the only universal absolute in life. But, though everyone dies, not all deaths are equal. Some die naturally; others die in tragic accidents. Some die honorably; others die in shame. An essential part of living well is being ready to die well.
In the olden days, it was not weird and spooky to walk through graves on the way to worship service. In fact, it was a good thing. Why? It was a clear, ever-present reminder of the essence of the gospel. The gospel is not just about improving our life in this world. It has to do with the ultimate issues of life--sin, death, and eternal life with God in heaven. Someone described Christian preaching as "a dying person preaching to a bunch of dying people." It is not morbid, then, to learn about Moses' death but beneficial.