In Traditional African Spirituality, the deceased are indeed honored and respected, and their connection with the living is acknowledged through various means. Communication with the departed can occur through practices such as libation, ritual ceremonies, dreams, visions, ancestral/spirit altars, astral projection, and divination.

According to traditional beliefs, when a person passes away in African spirituality, it is believed that their soul remains in our dimension for 40 days and nights before transitioning to the spirit world. During this time period after death or before burial, special funeral rites are often performed to assist the soul on its journey.
After death, the last thing to leave the human body is the air element, specifically Sound. When the soul exits the body, it remains in our dimension for 40 days and night before making its way onto the water that separate our world from the spirit world.
A divination is done by an Amegashie (Oracle) or Ifa priest to determine the cause of death was natural. And if it isn't natural, the soul of the dead will be questioned by the priest for the family. ceremonies, soul ties that need to be cut and along the other things that need to be done to help the soul ascend to its spiritual house or rightful place among the stars in the cosmos.
This rule applies to every soul on planet earth. 

These practices aim to help guide the soul of the deceased towards its spiritual house or rightful place among the stars in the cosmos. It is believed that every individual's soul follows this journey regardless of their background or origin.
The high sciences of African Vodou requires special funeral rites for every soul that ends its journey in our realm especially those that die unnatural, violent and unfortunate deaths. Special Ritual ceremonies are performed during the first 40 days of death or before burial. These ceremonies encourage harmony with the earth and the divine realms.
It's important to note that Traditional African Spirituality encompasses diverse cultural traditions across different regions of Africa. Our Practices may vary based on specific cultural beliefs and customs within each community.

Respecting these traditions involves honoring cultural protocols while seeking guidance from knowledgeable practitioners who can provide accurate information about specific rituals and ceremonies associated with ancestral veneration and communication with spirits in African spirituality.