When a Skylding dies, proper burial rites must be performed before the next sunset by a Godi. The rite includes a tumuli (external link) of stones built around the body, along with symbolic possessions which loved ones place to represent their life. Runes are painted on the tumuli to send the spirit to the afterlife. It is widely known that if the proper rites are not followed the body of the deceased rises again as a Draugr. If a tumuli cannot be built then a funeral pyre is used instead.
Those who have a proper burial are said to go to the afterlife befitting their role in society. There are four places that the Godi talk of: Valhalla, (external link) Folkvangr, (external link) Hel, (external link) and Helgafjell. (external link) None are seen as bad outcome if one’s spirit rests in a place it is happy.
Please note: Death is permanent. Once all healing methods have failed, and a player-character is dying, they can stay bleeding out until they have passed on their final words to those nearby. Once they have died (with or without their last words) they must report to a GM.