I also think it is horribly romantic how death was handled in this period. It became unfortunately common, mourned, but accepted. They were simplistic to their views regarding it and their handling of it. With no doctors around, they would embrace the departing, holding them on their lap, soothing them with songs as that was free and comforting. With them they would have only traveled with a bible and hymnal so they were equipped with fear and reverence of a God that had lead them to this unknown land and they gave themselves to this God. I would love nothing more than a simple pine coffin in the woods marked with a stone at my head. (stupid laws don't allow things like that now, but you get it).
Here are two songs that express to me the beauty of this period. They are YouTube videos, but the videos themselves are not worth watching, just listen to the songs.