Centre for Death & Society


There are many journals associated with death, dying, disposal, bereavement and loss. Some are academic and others are for practitioners; all have been contributed to in some way by our members, associates or students.

These do not represent all journals published in by our members and associates. The individual listings contain further information.

Death, dying, disposal, bereavement and loss journals

Ageing & Society

Ageing & Society journal coverAgeing & Society is an interdisciplinary and international journal devoted to the understanding of human ageing and the circumstances of older people in their social and cultural contexts. It draws contributions and has readers from many academic social science disciplines, and from clinical medicine and the humanities. In addition to original articles, Ageing & Society publishes book reviews, occasional review articles and special issues.

The Journal of The Centre for Policy on Ageing and The British Society of Gerontology.


Archives of Suicide Research

Archives of Suicide Research journal coverThe official journal of the International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR), is the international journal in the field of suicidology. The journal features original, refereed contributions on the study of suicide, suicidal behavior, its causes and effects, and techniques for prevention. The journal incorporates research-based and theoretical articles contributed by a diverse range of authors interested in investigating the biological, pharmacological, psychiatric, psychological, and sociological aspects of suicide.


Bereavement Care

Bereavement Care journal coverBereavement Care is an international journal for all who care for the bereaved. Founded in 1982, it is published in association with the national voluntary organisation Cruse Bereavement Care.

Over the years, Bereavement Care  has grown to become a unique international journal that sets a high academic and scientific standard while remaining accessible to non-academics and non-scientists. Our readers include both volunteers and professionals, from many parts of the world, who work to help bereaved people of all races and creeds. It is their need for reliable and digestible information about all aspects of bereavement that remains our raison d'ĂȘtre


Death Studies

Death Studies journal coverPublished ten times each year, this acclaimed journal provides refereed papers on significant researtch, scholarship and practical approaches in the fast growing areas of bereavement and loss, grief therapy, death attitudes, suicide, and death education. It provides an international interdisciplinary forum in which a variety of professionals share results of research and practice, with the aim of better understanding the human encounter with death and assisting those who work with the dying and their families.


Grief Matters

Grief Matters journal cover

The journal Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement has been published by the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement since 1998, and encompasses both academic and applied aspects of grief and bereavement.

The journal will be of great benefit to mental health practitioners, tertiary institutions, teaching organisations and occupations related to loss and grief. The journal is published with a central theme for each issue.

Journal of Loss and Trauma

Journal of Loss and Trauma coverIn one forum, Journal of Loss and Trauma brings together scholarship on personal losses relating to family, health, and aging issues. The journal addresses issues dealing with psychological and physical health and interpersonal losses relative to extended family, community life, and society as a whole.

In order to broaden the reader's perspective on loss and bereavement, the journal defines loss as a major reduction in a person's resources, whether personal, material, or symbolic, to which the person was emotionally attached. Types of loss covered include: death and dying; dissolution and divorce; loss of employment; life-threatening diseases and long-term disability; loss of possessions; homelessness; recurring and haunting memories; disenfranchisement and stigmatisation; losses resulting from war and violence; and aging.


Journal of Near Death Studies

This is the only peer-reviewed scholarly journal (ISSN 0891-4494) devoted exclusively to the field of near-death studies. It is cross-disciplinary and published quarterly.

The Journal of Near-Death Studies (JNDS) was originally named Anabiosis. The numbering was preserved when JNDS took its new name, so its first issue is in volume 6. Almost all the JNDS issues are in-print and can be ordered from the website. The journal is published by the International Assocoiation for Near-Death Studies Inc.



Mortality journal coverA foremost international, interdisciplinary journal that has relevance both for academics and professionals concerned with human mortality. Mortality is essential reading for those in the field of death studies and in a range of disciplines, including anthropology, art, classics, history, literature, medicine, music, socio-legal studies, social policy, sociology, philosophy, psychology and religious studies. The journal is also of special interest and relevance for those professionally or voluntarily engaged in the health and caring professions, in bereavement counselling, the funeral industries, and in central and local government.

A unique feature of the journal is the Classics Revisited series wherein key texts in the study of death are subjected to contemporary reappraisal by an expert in the discipline.


Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying

Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying coverOmega brings insight into terminal illness; the process of dying, bereavement, mourning, funeral customs, suicide. Fresh, lucid, responsible contributions from knowledgeable professionals in universities, hospitals, clinics, old age homes, suicide prevention centers, funeral directors and others, concerned with thanatology and the impact of death on individuals and the human community. OMEGA is a rigorously peer-refereed journal.

Drawing significant contributions from the fields of psychology, sociology, medicine, anthropology, law, education, history and literature, OMEGA has emerged as the most advanced and internationally recognized forum on the subject of death and dying. It serves as a reliable guide for clinicians, social workers, and health professionals who must deal with problems in crisis management, e.g., terminal illness, fatal accidents, catastrophe, suicide and bereavement.


Palliative Medicine

Palliative Medicine is an international interdisciplinary journal dedicated to improving knowledge and clinical practice in the palliative care of patients with far advanced disease. It reflects the multidisciplinary approach that is the hallmark of effective palliative care.

Essential reading for all members of the palliative care team: doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers, the clergy, occupational therapists.

A practical journal to assist you with the palliative care of patients.


Revista M     

Publishes original articles, from areas such as anthropology, architecture, arts, law, philosophy, geography, history, medicine, psychology, public health, sociology and urban planning.

Texts should be submitted in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French, with priority given to publication in the first two languages; articles in English or French approved for publication should, if possible, be translated into Portuguese.


Social Science and Medicine

Social Science & Medicine provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of research findings, reviews and theory in all areas of common interest to social scientists, health practitioners and policy makers. The journal publishes material relevant to any aspect of health from a wide range of social science disciplines (eg. anthropology, economics, geography, psychology, social epidemiology, social policy and sociology), and material relevant to the social sciences from any of the professions concerned with physical and mental health, and with health care practice, policy and organisation. It is particularly keen to publish findings or reviews which are of general interest to an international readership.


Sociology of health and illness

Sociology of Health and Illness is an international journal which publishes sociological articles on all aspects of health, illness and medicine. We welcome empirical and theoretical contributions in this field. In addition to the six regular issues published each year, subscribers receive a free special issue. These themed issues aim to identify and contribute to new areas of debate and research in the discipline and each issue is devoted to an important topic of current interest.