• A Cemetery Angel and the American HIV/AIDS Crisis by: Justin Cook

    Pictured above is the AIDS Quilt Project, perhaps the most recognizable memorial for victims of HIV/AIDS. The quilt is a collection of hand-made fabric squares memorializing those lost to HIV/AIDS. The quilt includes celebrities such as Freddie Mercury and Michel Foucault, but more often than not the names were those of everyday people. For some, perhaps for most, this was the only memorial they received in life. This blog will discuss those who might not be named there. Those who may have never received a memorial at all. This is the story of one small town Arkansas woman who loved and cared for queer bodies dying from this disease in…

  • Child Death and Parental Mourning in the Middle Ages by: Danielle Griego, Ph.D.

    Child, you are a pilgrim born in sin you wander in this treacherous world, look ahead! Death is hiding around a dark corner with a gust to cast down the kin of Adam as he has done before… Child…your days are numbered, your travels planned, whichever way you go, north or east, Death shall happen to you with bitter misery in your breast. Unlike the lullabies we think of today, medieval lyrics were not always meant to soothe the singer or recipient. This excerpt from the fourteenth-century lullaby has a dark tone and underscores the idea that death lurks around every corner, ready to strike even the youngest members of…

  • Decolonizing Death Studies by: Kami Fletcher, Ph.D.

    For those not readily familiar, Death Studies can be defined as the interdisciplinary study of death, dying, burial, and last rites rituals.  Scholars, students, and healthcare professionals alike use death as a lens to understand or even construct past civilizations and cultures.  Archeologists use cemeteries to do the deep dives into history, excavating burial remains to reconstruct personhood and kinship patterns.  Literary scholars position epitaphs as poems navigating and uncovering thoughts and thought processes of generations long ago.  Historians position the cemetery as an archive, a treasure trove of historical records that is the window into past lives that doubles as a mirror to the present. Death Studies, in all…

  • The #RadDeathStudiesBlog

    This is an Exorcism of Death Studies – scholarship by Death Scholars, Death Practitioners, Death Studies Studies who are decolonizing the cannon, while calling for more inclusive deathways