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Reflections on The Queen’s Death - CDAS resource links

A collection of helpful resources for reflecting and contextualising The Queen's death


The Centre for Death and Society is a unique research centre based at the University of Bath focusing on the interdisciplinary social aspects of death, dying and bereavement. This page is a collection of our work which may be of benefit to those seeking to conceptualise The Queen's death within a wider setting.

Public mourning

Foster, L. and Woodthorpe, K. (2012) ‘A Golden Silence? Acts of remembrance and commemoration at UK football games’, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 36 (1): 50-67.

Walter, T. (2008) ‘The New Public Mourning’, pp.241-262 in M. Stroebe, R. Hansson, W. Stroebe & H. Schut, eds Handbook of Bereavement Research and Practice: 21st century perspectives, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Walter, T. (2001) 'From Cathedral to Supermarket: mourning, silence and solidarity', Sociological Review, 49(4): 494-511.

Walter, T. (1999) (Ed.) The Mourning for Diana, Oxford: Berg,

Walter, T. (1998) (with Lucy Biddle) ‘The Emotional English and their Queen of Hearts’ Folklore, 108: 96-9.

Walter, T. (1998) ‘Diana, Queen of Hearts: mourning and social solidarity’ pp. 49-57 in C. Sugden ed. Death of a Princess: making sense of a nation’s grief, London: Silver Fish Publishing.

Walter, T. (1991) ‘The Mourning After Hillsborough’ Sociological Review, 39(3): 599-625.

Woodthorpe, K. (2011) ‘Using bereavement theory to understand memorialising behaviour’, Bereavement Care, 30 (2): 29-32.

Space-times of loss and consolation

Jedan, C, Maddrell, A. and Venbrux, E. (Eds.) (2019) Consolationscapes in the face of loss. Grief and consolation in space and time, Routledge, London.

Maddrell, A, (2020) Bereavement, grief, and consolation: Emotional-affective geographies of loss during COVID-19, Dialogues in Human Geography 10(2) 107-11 [open access]

Maddrell A., (2016) Mapping Grief: a conceptual framework for understanding the spatialities of bereavement, mourning and remembrance, Social and Cultural Geography 17 (2) 166-188 - this open access paper explores the ways in which particular spaces and places become imbued with loss (and comfort), for individuals and collectives, triggering sometimes surprising affective and emotional responses, which may also be of interest:

Understanding today through Social history

Frisby, H. (2019) Traditions of Death and Burial (London: Bloomsbury)

Parsons, B. (2018) The Evolution of the British Funeral Industry in the 20th Century (Bingley: Emerald Books)

Raudon, S. (2019) The Queen is Dead! Long Live the King? (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Metaphors for death

Woodthorpe, K. (2010) Buried Bodies in an East London Cemetery, in A. Maddrell and J. Sidway (eds) Deathscapes: spaces for Death, Dying, Mourning and Remembrance (London: Routledge)


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