Purgatory and the associated indulgences system is not found in the Bible - and yet if this purgatory-and-indulgences system is to be the main concern for truly compassionate family members and friends when a loved one dies - then certain it would get mentioned a few times and the importance of helping out a loved one while in this not-quite-heaven-but-in-torment state would be emphasized for the sincere Christian. It is not mentioned - and what is more a counter-system a contrasting- picture is given in the Bible - one that contradicts purgatory in every way. 1 Thess 4 "Therefore comfort one another with these words" - this is the comfort for Christians on the subject of a loved one that has passed away. It is entirely focused on the resurrection - not on purgatory-helpout-efforts. The entire focus is on the dead being brought back to life at the resurrection. 1 Thess 4 13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. John 5 Jesus describes two resurrections one for the righteous "A resurrection of life" and one for the wicked. But no purgatory. Even the wicked will not suffer until that resurrection of damnation/condemnation subjected to what John calls the '2nd death' in Rev 20. Peter said to fix our hope entirely on the 2nd coming event - and the associated resurrection. 1 Peter 1:13 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look. 13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. The resurrection is the point at which living active thinking activity resumes - there is no purgatory in the Bible, no torment for the departed loved ones. In 2Tim 4 Paul looks forward to the 2nd coming and resurrection at which point he will receive his reward. 2Tim 4 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. "Let not your heart be troubled... I will come again and receive you unto Myself that where I am there you may be also" John 14:1-3. Phil 3 Paul does everything possible "in order that I may ATTAIN to the resurrection from the dead" the correct resurrection of the two mentioned in John 5 and also in Rev 20:1-5. So while it is true that for the one dying there is no time at all spent in death - it is the twinkling of an eye for them - but for those who are alive - we know that it is the resurrection event at the 2nd coming to which the Bible points us. No wonder in Matt 22 Christ insists that it is only because of the future resurrection of the dead that God can rightly say "I AM the God of Abraham"