The Tangihanga is the enduring Māori ceremony of mourning the deceased. When one dies, their body will lie on the marae and family, friends and those known to the departed come to pay their respects. Tangi still follow traditional practices which have changed little since before the time of colonization - European influence has not succeeded here in the erosion of cultural traditions and processes. The body is prepared by an undertaker before being taken to the dead person’s marae. Visitors are welcomed and speeches are made; stories and memories as well as opinions are all shared. For when people cannot make the tangi, a photograph of the person is sometimes sent to another marae to be mourned separately there.