In his masterful study of ancient Greek Miasma, Robert Parker notes death was intensely defiling:
“Extramural burial was the norm in almost all classical Greek cities. It would be shocking to mingle the dwellings of the dead with those of the living, still more with those of the gods” (70). As sacred persons, Greek priests and priestesses also avoided defilement by death (52-3).
The same was true in ancient Israel. Normal priests could attend funerals for their nearest relative, but the high priest was prohibited from all corpse defilement (Leviticus 21:10-11).
Death has been mastered – first by Jesus, then by the his body.