When a person dies, their possessions and money should go to whoever is named in the will. That document is a 'covenant' or 'testament' – a promise of what must happen. However, nothing can be transferred until the person dies. But first, there needs to be evidence that the person is dead. This is called in these verses, 'proving the death'; or, in the original 'presenting evidence to demonstrate that a death has taken place', so that the will can be proved to be valid.