The Bardo cloth, or a blanket, is a special method to help the consciousness of the recently departed navigate the time between death and the next rebirth or Bardo, in the best way.
The special images of purification and powerful prayers depicted on the Bardo cloth are a method of liberation of consciousness and help to guide one to the best rebirth, benefit in oneself and all beings.
Use of The Bardo cloth
The Bardo cloth is placed on the body immediately following the time of death. The special prayers and other practices for the time leading up to, during and following the time of death should be done with the guidance of a qualified Lama.