For Christians, November 2 is a day for commemorating and praying for our departed loved ones. The prayers are intended to assist the souls of those who have died but still trapped in purgatory, a place after death where the souls undergo purification before entering heaven.
Many people do not believe in the existence of purgatory but for Christians, once the physical body died, the spirit retains its attachments to people, things or sins on the physical world. Thus, the soul needs to be cleansed before it can have a perfect union with God.
Some saints claimed to have a glimpse of purgatory. Padre Pio was said to have been visited multiple times by souls in purgatory asking for prayers.
I see that there is in purgatory as much pain as in hell – St. Catherine of Genoa
An Immense Prison…A Spirit All on Fire, Resembling Incandescent Metal – St. Lidwina of Schiedam
Although the departed souls in purgatory have avoided hell altogether, there is still much suffering going on in there. If you are a Christian, take a moment to pause for a while and say a little prayer for your departed loved ones.
Eternal rest grant unto them, oh Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.