Centre for Death & Society

Renske Visser

Title: Care and cost at the end of life

Supervisors: Dr Kate Woodthorpe, Prof Tess Ridge


Renske has been awarded a University scholarship to study end of life care in the UK and the way families negotiate the care of an ageing adult at the end of life. She started in October 2013 and within her study will be asking who takes responsibility for the care and costs associated with dying and death? As part of this, she will be looking at intergenerational relationships and responsibilities.

Previous to her PhD studies, Renske studied at the University of Amsterdam, where she first completed a BSc in Cultural and Non-Western Anthropology, specialising in ‘The Body and Culture’. After this she studied an MSc in Medical Anthropology, in which she examined the way young adults who have lost a parent cope with this loss in everyday life. She took a material culture approach focussing on the role that objects play in coming to terms with loss.  

Activities and outputs


Visser, R. & Parrott, F.R.  2014 (Forthcoming) Stability and change: the role of keepsakes and family homes in the lives of parentally bereaved young adults in the Netherlands. Mortality.


November 2012, 'Remembering through objects: The loss of a parent in Young Adulthood', Symposium British Sociological Association, Social Aspects of Death Dying and Bereavement Study Group. Theme: Death and the Family. BSA Meeting Room, London.


Researcher and Writer of a Radio Documentary 'Grave Expectations' available via 1449AMURB, University of Bath's student radio station.