Only men accompany the body to the cemetery for burial. The tent stays up for seven days of sadaka. (Sadaka roughly translates as “charity” or “religious sacrifice.” It describes any time people give food to family and neighbors in a larger scale than having a pal over for dinner.) The tent is erected again 40 days after the death and a year after the death. Women do go visit graves later. Instead of flowers, Turkmen leave handkerchiefs and cups of tea on graves.
On the subject of sadaka, people have sadaka on holidays like Kurban Bayram or if they have a bad dream or sometimes if they feel like it. I once experienced sadaka at the local dukon where they were giving out oranges, and sometimes a neighbor kid will come over and give us something. The first time this happened when I opened the door, a youngster gave me a handful of sugar cubes. I was really confused because they weren’t in a bag or anything, just 15 or so loose sugar cubes. So sadaka can take the form of going to each neighbor’s house and giving them something or of having extended family over for dinner (this is what happens for holiday and funeral sadaka).