Today, death is being reconceptualised around the world as heritage, replete with material markers and intangible performances. These heritages of death are personal, national and international. They are vernacular as well as official, sanctioned as well as alternative. This book brings together more than twenty international scholars to consider the heritage of death from spatial, political, religious, economic, cultural, aesthetic and emotive aspects. It showcases different attitudes and phases of death and their relationship to heritage through ethnographically informed case studies to illustrate both general patterns and local and national variations. Through analyses of material expressions and social practices of grief, mourning and remembrance, this book shows not only what death means in contemporary societies, but also how individuals, groups and nations act towards death.

part I|19 pages


chapter 1|17 pages

Heritage of death

Emotion, memory and practice
ByMattias Frihammar, Helaine Silverman

part II|42 pages


chapter 2|15 pages

Graveside shrines

Private or public space?
ByEva Silvén

chapter 3|12 pages

Framing children’s sections in cemeteries

ByCatharina Nolin

chapter 4|13 pages

Taken “as read”

Locating death in the rhetoric of cemetery conservation in England
ByJulie Rugg

part III|42 pages


chapter 5|13 pages

“At last, Garbo is coming home”

Celebrity, death and nation
ByMattias Frihammar

chapter 6|14 pages

Dissonant heritage and dark tourism at Lenin’s Mausoleum

ByMagdalena Banaszkiewicz

chapter 7|13 pages

The corpse, heritage, and tourism

The multiple ontologies of the body of King Richard III of England
ByCraig Young, Duncan Light

part IV|40 pages


chapter 8|16 pages

The poppies exhibit

Producing and consuming commemoration of World War I in Britain
ByPaul Hardin Kapp, Cele C. Otnes

chapter 9|8 pages

At the shrine of the fallen

Conserving Australia’s war memorial heritage
ByDavid Mason

chapter 10|14 pages

“Now you have visited the war”

The search for fallen soldiers in Russia
ByJohanna Dahlin

part V|48 pages


chapter 11|17 pages

Armenia aeterna

Commemorative heritage in sound, sculpture, and movement from Bulgaria’s Armenian diaspora
ByDonna A. Buchanan

chapter 12|14 pages

Uncovering violent narratives

The heritage of Stalinist repression in Russia since 1991
ByMargaret Comer

chapter 13|15 pages

The peculiar heritage of lynching in America

ByRasul A. Mowatt

part VI|29 pages


chapter 14|14 pages

Death everywhere

Dissolving commemorative boundaries in a liquid world
ByDavid Charles Sloane

chapter 15|13 pages

Tourists at Chernobyl

Existential meaning and digital media
ByTim Hutchings, Katya Linden

part VII|13 pages


chapter 16|11 pages

“Dark” tourism and the heritage of death

ByJoy M. Sather-Wagstaff