H-Net's network on the process and experience of dying and death



H-Death is a scholarly network that explores the multitude of historical issues surrounding the process and experience of dying and death. The H-Death network will allow scholars to compare and contrast the processes and experiences of dying and death across time and space, including American, European and non-Western contexts.

Recent Content

Re: Welcome to H-Death on the new H-Net Commons

My name is Helen Dell. I'm a research fellow in English and Theatre Studies, Culture and Communication, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. I'm very glad that H-Death is back in business and grateful for the opportunity to get in touch with others interested in Death Studies. I have a background in music and literature, mainly joined together in medieval song, specifically from 12th and 13th-century Northern France. More recently my research has centred on Medievalism, sometimes called the afterlife of the Middle Ages. I've been becoming increasingly interested in the music associated with death: mourning music, music of the dying, music associated with the return of the dead, execution ballads (thanks to Una McIlvenna).

Request for study participants

I'm presenting a paper on contemporary memorial practices at the PCA/ACA and I'm looking for people to complete a short (five to ten minute) survey about contemporary memorial practices - specifically tattoos, vehicle decorations, memorial jewelry, and visits to selected sites, physical and digital.

If you, or anyone you know, would like to participate, the link is:


Feel free to share this link as widely as possible.

Thank you for your help,

Amy Drees
Assistant Professor, Arts and Humanities
Defiance College

Re: Welcome to H-Death on the new H-Net Commons

My name is Heather Sparling and I'm new to death studies. I'm an ethnomusicologist who is researching disaster songs of Atlantic Canada. You can visit my project website here: disastersongs.ca. Among other topics, I'm interested in understanding the role of disaster songs in processing grief, and understanding the way in which changing death culture is related to changes in disaster songs. I look forward to learning more about the research of other members of this group.