My mother passed away in December. She was a very charitable person, who founded two homes to help blind boys and girls. When she could, she went to daily Mass, and prayed the Rosary daily. Lately she did not go out anymore (she was 94 and her health was rather frail), but she received Communion daily.
When she was at the hospital, unconscious, I brought a priest who administered the Sacrament for the Sick, and also he prayed a special official prayer called the Plenary Indulgence for the Dying.
After Mom died, we had 9 Masses and in each one I offered the Plenary Indulgence for her soul.
I told a priest I thought my Mom was in Heaven and he said one can never be sure of that.
So I have kept on offering the daily Plenary Indulgence one can obtain in this Year of the Faith, for her (nevertheless I tell God: Lorde: if Mom is already in Heaven, please apply this to the soul that You consider needs it most!).
I once read that the soul of a sister appeared to st Faustina Kowalska, and asked her for her prayers to help her get out of Purgatory. And st Faustina had to pray for several days until that same soul appeared to her and thanked her. Why did it take her so long?
I always thought that when one gains a Plenary Indulgence and applies it to a decesaed person's soul, this souls gets out of Purgatory immediately, but apparently this is not the case. :(
So I wonder, how many Plenary Indulgences must one gain and apply for a soul, since there is no way one can find out if someone is in Heaven?