This list includes organisations around the world with a direct interest in disposing the dead and has been sorted according to category.

Descriptor information has been provided by the organisations themselves or is derived from their website. Most of these organisations have websites that are resource-rich and well-worth visiting.

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Arbeitskreis Thanatologie

Arbeitskreis Thanatologie provides a forum for social and interdisciplinary work on death, dying and disposal in German-speaking countries.

Associação Brasileira de Estudos Cemiteriais

Represents researchers whose research covers cemeteries and the most diverse manifestations about death and dying in Brazil.

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Associación Gremial Latinamericana de Cementerios y Servicios Funerarios

This member association links people working in the funeral industry across Latin America particularly and more globally.

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Association for Gravestone Studies (US)

The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) was founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering the study and preservation of gravestones.

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Association for the Study of Death and Society (UK)

The Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS) promotes the study of death in the arts, humanities, social and allied sciences.

Association of Natural Burial Grounds (UK)

The ANBG supports the establishment of, and professional practice in, natural burial grounds in the UK.

Association of Significant Cemeteries in Europe

ASCE a network of public and private organisations that own and manage cemeteries considered to be of historical or artistic importance.

Australasian Cemeteries and Crematoria Association

ACCA provides leadership, professional services and communication to the cemetery and crematorium industry.

Australian Death Studies Society

A network of death studies scholars across disciplinary and institutional boundaries within Australia.

British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia

BACSA holds a database of European cemeteries and burials in Undivided India and elsewhere in South Asia up to 1947.

Caring for God’s Acre (UK)

A charity supporting groups and individuals who are interested in exploring, maintaining, and appreciating burial grounds of all types in the UK.

Centre for Death and Life Studies (Durham University, UK)

The Centre for Death and Life Studies (CDALS) exists to foster and conduct research into life-values, beliefs and practices that relate to living and dying.

Centre for Death and Society (University of Bath, UK)

The Centre for Death and Society (CDAS) provides an environment for those interested in death studies to learn from each other and share their research and experience.

Collective for Radical Death Studies

The CRDS is an international, professional, organisation formed to decolonize Death Studies and radicalize death practice.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission protects and preserves the burial sites of combatants from World War I and World War II.

Cremation Association of North America

CANA is an international organization of over 3,500 members, composed of funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, industry suppliers, and consultants.

Cremation Society of Great Britain

A UK charity promoting cremation nationally and internationally

Death Studies

Publishes research papers in the areas of bereavement and loss, death attitudes and education, grief therapy, suicide and end-of-life issues.

Death Studies Podcast

The Death Studies Podcast is a platform for the diversity of voices in, around and contributing to the academic field of Death Studies.

DeathLab, University of Columbia (US)

DeathLAB engages life, death, and environmental consequence to strengthen social cohesion and accountability across generations.

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