Famous Last Words

Upon the moment of their demise, most people make an effort to leave the world with a few profound words, something that sums up the meaning of their existence, or wisdom passed on from personal experience.

Famous Death Masks

As far back as 1323 BCE, people have endeavored to preserve, if not the memory, the essence of expression — the human face.

Plants As Symbols Of Death

For many people, there is something reassuring in a bloom…

Animals As Portents Of Death

Humans have had a close association with the natural world to some degree…

Death Personified Part I

Kali, Hades, Anubis — all well-known figures of mythology that are associated with the process of death and the transition to the afterlife.

Funeral Rites Of Ancient Times Part V

Although the influence of European missionaries has altered the ancient customs of Hawaii, the practices of old ways still exists in some places today.

Critiquing the American Funeral and Enlightening the Masses

Quincy Dowd and John Gebhart are only two among many who strove to “enlighten” the American public about, and it general to shed light on, the economics of the funeral.

The Case of World War I Part II

There were two main arguments used by those who favored keeping American military dead in cemeteries overseas.

Death & Dying in the Digital Age Call for Papers

The 2011 CDAS summer conference will examine how new interactive digital technologies affect the social relationships of those who are dying, mourners and descendants.

Open or Closed Casket? The Handling of JFK’s Body

“Gawler’s men got to work after the autopsy, their goal to restore John F. Kennedy to the appearance of serene sleep.”