Death work

Balkan, O. 2016

‘Between civil society and the state: bureaucratic competence and cultural mediation among Muslim undertakers in Berlin’, Journal of Intercultural Studies, 37:2, 147–161.

BayatRizi, Z. & Ghorbani, H. 2019

‘The bureaucratic professionalization of funeral rites in Tehran’s Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery’, in H. Selin & R. Rakoff (eds) Death across Cultures: Death and Dying in Non-Western Cultures, Cham: Springer, 103-118.

Blaney, H. 1977

‘The modern park cemetery’, in C.O. Jackson (ed.) Passing: The Vision of Death in America, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 219-226.

Braconnier, P. 2019

‘Bestattungen im diensleistun szeitalter Katholische begrabnisbegleiter und gewerbiche bestatterin in Luxemburg’ in S. Kmec, R. Philippart & A. Reuter (eds) Ewige Ruhe? Grabkulturen in Luxemburg und den Nachbarrregionen, Luxembourg : CapybaraBooks, 281-288.


Bremborg, A. 2006

‘Professionalization without dead bodies: the case of Swedish funeral directors’, Mortality 11:3, 270-285.

Cahill, S. 1999

‘The boundaries of professionalization : the case of North American funeral directors’, Symbolic Interaction, 22:2, 105-119.


Coenen, E. 2021

‘Friedhofsverwaltungen im Spannungsfeld zwischen privater Trauerarbeit und öffentlichem Dienst’, Gesellschaft unter Spannung. Verhandlungen des 40. Kongresses der eutschen Gesellschaft für Soziologie 2020, 40, 1-7.

Colombo, L., Frederica, E. & Zito, M. 2019

‘Secondary traumatic stress: relationship with symptoms, exhaustion, and emotions among cemetery workers’, Frontiers in Psychology, 10, 633.

Filimonau, V. & Brown, L. 2018

‘“Last hospitality” as an overlooked dimension in contemporary hospitality theory and practice’, International Journal of Hospitality Management, 74, 67-74.


Fritz, P. 1994-5

‘The undertaking trade in England: its origins and early development, 1660-1830’, Eighteenth-Century Studies, 28:2, 241-253.

Harris, N. 1977

‘The cemetery beautiful’, in C.O. Jackson (ed.) Passing: The Vision of Death in America, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 103-11.

Heessels, M. 2012

Bringing Home the Dead: Ritualizing Cremation in the Netherlands, Nijmegen: Radboud University.

Heessels, M. 2012

‘Every funeral unique in (y)our own way! Professionals propagating cremation rituals’, in D.J. Davies and C. Park (eds) Emotion, Identity and Death: Mortality Across Disciplines, London: Routledge, 125-143.

Iwen, M. 2013

‘Reading material cuture: British women’s position and the death tradition in the long eighteenth century’, in M. Goggin & B.Tobin (eds) Women and the Material Culture of Death, Farnham: Ashgate.


Jordan, P., Ward, J. & McMurray, R. 2018

‘Dealing with the dead: life as a third-generation independent funeral director’, Work, Employment and Society, 33:4, 700-708.


Kiermes Tavares, D. & Siefert Brahm, J. 2016

‘Cemitérios, memórias e emoções: a vivência profissional dos sepultadores no Sul da Bahia sob o enfoque da sociologia das emoções’, Missões: Revista de Ciências Humanas e Sociais, 2:2, 36-51.

Longoria, T. 2014

‘Are we all equal at death?: Death competence in municipal cemetery management’, Death Studies, 38:6, 355-364.

Morgan, K.N. 1984

‘The emergence of the American landscape professional: John Notman an the design of rural cemeteries’, Journal of Garden History, 4:3, 269-289.

Nielsen, M. 2022

‘Making the cemetery work – the role of cemetery staff in grave plot choice’, Mortality, 27:3, 369-382.

Parsons, B. 2003

‘Conflict in the context of care: an examination of role conflict between the bereaved and the funeral director in the UK’, Mortality, 8:1, 67-87.



The Cemetery Research Group runs two events a year: in May and in November. Follow the links and send in an abstract