Does the Bible say you can't ask for forgiveness after you die?
Ecclesiastes 11:3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.
Many take that verse to mean there will be no changes after death and the judgment awaits. If there ever was the sound of silence it may be on that day when I'm silent and God speaks. Here Jesus is my defender, there he will be my judge.
Now one must be careful not to just pull one lone orphan verse out of the bible and build on it. We are told in a case there must be two or three witnesses. So why would it be any different for scripture?
One other verse that comes to mind relating to your question would be Luke 9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
Jesus was responding to a guy that said he would follow Jesus except first he must bury his father. Maybe he wasn't even dead yet and even if he was it would have taken another 11 months to put him in a place where the sinful flesh would fall off the bones, for a type of purification. Then the bones would be cleaned up and arranged in an other place with all the other dead. Jesus responded by telling him to let the dead take care of their own dead, and for him to follow Him. All the purification's and other rituals was done away with Jesus's dying for our sins.
I think I seen one other question about why any human should die for another persons sin. And basically none can. Adam was perfect, so since there is no other perfect person to be used for " Your eye shall not pity: life shall be for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot." After Adam sinned and was given a death sentence no other person would serve justice for the "life for life" law, because it wasn't an even trade, thus not just. Nor would a million animals equal one perfect man. The animal sacrifice was just looking forward til the real sacrifice was to come. The animal sacrifice was not a lasting thing and had to be repeated yearly (I think). The animal skin in the Garden was also looking forward.
It wasn't until the 2nd Adam (Jesus) which was perfect came and gave his life that justice was served. And no, God is not bound by his own laws nor does he disregard them.
Hope you recover from the flu soon James, it took me about 3 weeks.
And I know you do not disregard others well being, or you wouldn't forego killing a cat on account of your Grand daughters conscience.