In the Midwest, a tipi is typically set up for the body to lie in honor for several days with a campfire burning outside. The body is never left alone during this time. Women feed visitors, and children help while being taught the etiquette of entering the tipi and other traditional ways. Some families dress the deceased in full regalia and jewelry, with self-made moccasins for their trip to the next world.
Every family and tribe has their own traditional way: prayers, songs, smudging, and items that may be buried with the deceased. A medicine man may perform a ceremony in the tribe’s native language. A ceremonial dance can be arranged to honor the deceased and reconfirm our love and connection to the deceased even in the afterlife.