Why is it when someone dies, a living person says that the dead person would be in their prayers?

Why is it when someone dies, a living person says that the dead person would be in their prayers?
How can you pray for someone that died? What can you possibly pray about? The person is dead and the Bible does not teach purgatory. So why do people say that? Especially people who are not like “religious”, they even say that.

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Answer by brad h
I have no idea who prays for dead people.

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5 Responses to “Why is it when someone dies, a living person says that the dead person would be in their prayers?”

  • Faith says:

    People pray for people who have passed because they care and they want to show they have not forgotten them.Why do you take flowers to the cemetary?It is to remember them and show you will never forget.A prayer also is to keep that person safe wherever they may be.It brings comfort to the ones that are left behind and that is harming no one so I wouldn’t even worry about it.

  • MC2=E says:

    A ‘prayer’ for the deceased person holds that deceased person in their thoughts. Where memories of the deceased person still exist. It’s all part of mourning a loss.

  • Jennifer says:

    Religious teachings all share one basic idea—that some part of us survives the death of the physical body. According to almost every religion, past and present, we somehow live on forever with the ability to see, hear, and think. Yet, how can that be? Our senses, along with our thoughts, are all linked to the workings of our brain. At death, the brain stops working. Our memories, feelings, and senses do not continue to function independently in some mysterious way. They do not survive the destruction of our brain.

    What happens at death is no mystery to Jehovah, the Creator of the brain. He knows the truth, and in his Word, the Bible, he explains the condition of the dead. Its clear teaching is this: When a person dies, he ceases to exist. Death is the opposite of life. The dead do not see or hear or think. Not even one part of us survives the death of the body. We do not possess an immortal soul or spirit.

    After Solomon observed that the living know that they will die, he wrote: “As for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.” He then enlarged on that basic truth by saying that the dead can neither love nor hate and that “there is no work nor devising nor knowledge nor wisdom in [the grave].” (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10) Similarly, Psalm 146:4 says that when a man dies, “his thoughts do perish.” We are mortal and do not survive the death of our body. The life we enjoy is like the flame of a candle. When the flame is put out, it does not go anywhere. It is simply gone.

    The Way

  • Ajsansker says:

    Isn’t a little late by that point?
    I mean, unless you’re a necromancer or something?

  • Irishgirl says:

    First, those who died in God’s grace have eternal life. Some may go straight to heaven others may go through the purification processes of purgatory before entering heaven – but they are alive.

    Second, bible does teach purgatory. 1 Cor. 3:14–15: “If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.” You see, the Latinate word purgatory means a purgation or burning by fire. Paul in these verses refers to a purgation process whereby a man is saved even though his works are burned away. This is precisely what the Catholic Church teaches. A person at death who still has personal faults is prevented from entering into heaven because he is not completely purified. He must go through a period of purgation in order to be made clean, for nothing unclean will enter heaven (cf. Rev. 21:27).

    So people going through the purgatory process are saved. And just like we can pray for people going through a rough time here on earth, we can pray for those going through purgatory.

    Say my brother is going on a long trip. What if I wasn’t sure he had finished his trip or not – would it be wrong for me to pray that he had a safe trip? No – I can still pray for him even if I don’t know the outcome of his journey. It’s the same idea as praying for those on their journey to heaven.

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