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 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.

Call for Editors, H-DEATH

H-DEATH seeks to build a team of volunteers to serve as editors for the network.  Editors will be trained to use the H-Net Commons, our new content management platform, to moderate discussions, build content-rich projects for teaching and scholarship in the field of the history of death and death studies, and collaborate in the management of the network.  The Commons interface is a simple site-design and publishing system that requires no advanced technical knowledge and enables editors to create custom pages that dynamically update with fresh material.

Article: "Death Classes" are Popular (WSJ)

Colleagues: I came across this article in this weekend's Wall Street Journal and thought that the group might find it interesting.  It's in front of the newspaper's paywall, so everyone should be able to access it.

Why College Students Are Dying to Get Into 'Death Classes'

Thousands of college courses on dying and mortality are being held nationwide—and teaching lessons about life.

Erika Hayasaki
March 6, 2014 3:28 p.m. ET
Copyright 2014, Wall Street Journal

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

I am Isaac Pollak

I am  the  head of the  Chevra Kadisha ( holy  society)  in the Upper East Side of  Manahttan  for over  3  decades.

We  are a  voluntary  group that cares  for the deceased and follows  the process af  cleaning   and   dressing the  body  based on the procudeures  set up in 1626 and  followed by   Tarditional Observant  Jews   worldwide.

I  also  have a    collection of over  300  pieces  of   Jewish  material  cultural  objects   relating  to  Death .

2nd Global Conference on Suicide, Self-Harm, and Assisted Dying

2nd Global Conference: Suicide, Self-harm and Assisted Dying

Wednesday 24th September – Friday 26th September 2014

Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Call for Presentations:

This conference brings together discussion of research and practice in
three complex areas – Suicide, Self-Harm and Assisted Dying.

Over one million people worldwide die from suicide each year. The
incidence of completed suicide is very much higher in males than
females, for all age groups and in most societies where recording