Once in a parish, we had the book of the deceased out in November, the one for people to sign. I once caught a young girl who thought it was a guestbook and picked up the pen. No, child, you don’t want your name in there just yet, I thought.
This time, no pen to sign names.
What is your armchair rendering of this practice? Useful? Irrelevant? Distracting? Does it prod people to pray for the elect any more than an intercession at Mass or a bulletin announcement?