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Mourning - Indigenous Australia
As a sign of mourning, white 'mourning caps' were worn by some Indigenous Australian communities, although the type of cap worn varied from region to region.
An autopsy is a detailed and careful medical examination of a person's body and its organs after death to help establish the cause of death.
Body disposal - legal procedures
Certain procedures must be carried out in order to dispose of a human body, including arranging for a funeral, certifying that a person is dead and what the cause of death was, as well as registering the death.
Disposing of the dead - Exposure
Exposure of the body to the elements or to be consumed by animals achieves skeletonisation quickly and efficiently.
Mourning - Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
For the people of Collingwood Bay in Oro Province, north-east Papua New Guinea, death was associated with elaborate mourning rituals and the wearing of specific mourning attire.
Preparing the body for disposal
Find out how bodies are prepared, covered, stored, enclosed and, finally, transported for disposal.
Fear of premature burial was widespread in 18th and 19th century Europe, leading to the invention of the safety coffin. Over thirty different designs were patented in Germany in the second half of the 19th century.
Preparation for death - Dorin Hart
A celebration of Ralf's life at a home funeral, told by Dorin Hart.
Burial - Malagan ceremony, New Ireland
The people of northern New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, honour the dead through Malagan ceremonies. These ceremonies assist the souls of the dead to pass into the spirit world.
There are three main ways that death can be defined: legally, culturally or clinically. Find out what criteria are used to determine the moment of death.
Bilas: Body Adornment from Papua New Guinea
Opening 9 June 2023, featuring photographs by Wylda Bayrón.