It seems your source of motivation is mainly related to crucifixes, which is where, in many modern Catholic churches, you can see Jesus depicted as dead.
To add a historical note on this regard, taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia, the custom of how Jesus is presented in crucifixes has changed over the centuries. I wrote an answer about this here. The key points are that, when the crucifix was first introduced into Christian art (around the sixth century), and until the thirteenth century, the depiction of Jesus in the cruficix was:
... the Crucified is shown adhering to the cross, not hanging forward from it; He is alive and shows no sign of physical suffering; ... The head is erect, and surrounded by a nimbus, and bears a royal crown. ... In a word, it is not Christ suffering, but Christ triumphing and glorious on the Cross.
In contrast, in the second period, which stretches until today:
... the head droops onto the breast (cf. Borgia, De Cruce Veliternâ, 191), the crown of thorns is introduced, the arms are bent back, the body is twisted, the face is wrung with agony, and blood flows from the wounds. In the thirteenth century complete realism is reached by the substitution of one nail in the feet, instead of two, as in the old tradition, and the resulting crossing of the legs. All this was done from artistic motives, to bring about a more moving and devotional pose. The living and triumphant Christ gives place to a Christ dead, in all the humiliation of His Passion, the agony of His death being even accentuated.
I want to highlight here one phrase from the above quotation:
All this was done from artistic motives to bring about a more moving and devotional pose.
Whether that was the actual reason why the radical change in crucifixes over the centuries, personally, remembering Jesus suffering or dead in the cross is a much more powerful devotion-enhancing image than remembering Christ triumphant in the cross, which itself is a literal contradiction, as the cross, a humiliating death method for those times, is where He died.