Death has been a source of grief and uncertainty throughout history – but has also inspired a plethora of fascinating funeral customs. From the covering of mirrors to prevent the departed spirit from becoming trapped; the passing bell, rung to assist the soul to heaven; to modern customs such as eco-burial and wayside memorials, historian Dr Helen Frisby will explore how down the centuries the English have come to terms with death, dying and the dead.
Helen Frisby is an Honorary Research Associate at the University
of Bristol, and also works at UWE, Bristol. Her PhD was on Victorian
funerals, and she researches, writes and speaks on the history of death,
dying and bereavement. She is a Council member of the Folklore Society,
and Secretary of the Association for the Study of Death & Society.