Charles Dickens in his study at Gad’s Hill Place in Kent, where he died in 1870.
Charles Dickens Museum
PODCAST: An audio version of an in depth article on what newly discovered documents reveal about the burial of Charles Dickens, 150 years after his death.
Dickens After Death, John Everett Millais, June 10 1870.
Charles Dickens Museum
How two ambitious men put their own interests ahead of the great writer and his family in an act of institutionally-sanctioned bodysnatching.
Artist’s impression of the proposed ceremonial space of the Recompose facility in Seattle.
Images courtesy of Olson Kundig
Composting burial could revolutionise bodily disposal in Australia. The need for a sustainable and affordable alternative to traditional burial practices is becoming increasingly urgent.
When the University of Cape Town discovered skeletons in its archive that had been unethically obtained and used, they set about restoring justice to the bones and the community they came from.
Aerial view of a proposed Burial Belt.
With space in our cemeteries running out, we could bury the dead in new forest developments that would bring green space to our urban areas.
The processing time for the government's Funeral Expenses Payment is decreasing, but the costs related to a funeral are still high.
A scene from playwright Roy Williams’ modern adaptation of Antigone for the Pilot Theatre.
Flickr/Robert Day photo
A play written in the fifth century B.C. mirrors America's current disunion: Political and moral views are framed in terms of a fight between patriot and traitor, law and conscience, and chaos and order.
The Turin mummy was deliberately preserved, not just desiccated by dry, hot sands.
A body in an Italian museum reveals that Egyptians living 1,500 or more years before the Pharaohs already knew how to preserve bodies.
Most of the major cemeteries in Australian cities, including Sydney’s Waverley Cemetery, date back to the 1800s.
Most big city cemeteries in Australia date back to the 1800s, so we need to consider our burial options before we reach the point when the number of deaths exceeds the available cemetery plots.
Death of the salesmen.
A failure to innovate could mean the death of the traditional industry.
A replica of a Homo naledi skull.
New evidence suggests that Homo naledi didn't deliberately deposit their dead in a hidden chamber.
From the basics of corpse disposal to why your wishes don't actually count.
Many must wish that Shakespeare’s final words to posterity consisted of something more than a curt demand to be left alone.
One of the spear points found in the 2,500-year-old grave in Pocklington, East Yorkshire.
What's in a name? In search of the link between the Parisi people of East Yorkshire and Parisii of northern France.
Decapitated head with amputated hands laid over the face were found at the burial site.
Strauss et al.
Remains from a 9000-year-old victim in Brazil suggests he was beheaded, de-fleshed and had his hands amputated.
The remains of Cervantes.
Madrid region handout/EPA
So what does the discovery of this great author's bones actually change?
It’s green – but is it good for the environment?
My mother died recently and at the funeral home I was asked if I had any ideas what kind of coffin she would like. For some reason I said something environmentally friendly. These words came out of my…
Space can be at a premium in cemeteries … and when it runs out, reusing old graves is an option.
Headstones at the Dudley Park cemetery in Payneham, South Australia, were recently bulldozed as part of the ongoing “recycling” of more than 400 graves. Some people were shocked to realise that gravesites…