The tragic death of Robin Williams may prompt, as it does in me, the desire to pray for him even after his demise. Is it appropriate to do so?
I would say yes. God is not confined by time, nor by life and death. So if we desire to pray for the dead, it is good to do so with trust that God will answer with his grace that transcends time and life and death.
Certainly, through the centuries, a lot of questionable practices and beliefs have gotten attached to prayers for the dead. But I still think the instinct to pray for the dead is a good one and one which honors God’s transcendence over what for us are the barriers of time and death.
And it is a way our own love can reach over those barriers.