For those that are interested it turns out that a shawl of with Amitabha and his mantra is usually placed on the deceased. Reciting his mantra "om ami dewa hri" (Tibetan pronunciation) is encouraged. There is a Gelug monastery in Richmond (the SF Bay region) that specializes in doing pujas for people for free, but of course a donation is always appreciated. They can be reached at gyutofoundation.org.
Evidently they do pujas for things other than the deceased also, like business startups, etc.
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