How do I explain Purgatory?

How do I explain Purgatory to a member of the reformed church?
The Reformed Church ( in Scotland) denies the existence of Purgatory. Yet prayers are made for the dead. How can one square this circle?

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Recommended Reading:

Purgatory
The Roots of Purgatory
If the souls in purgatory are destined for heaven, why do we pray for them?

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