June 2, 2010
1. Death and Dementia
A well-curated collection of death-related links. I like how it's clean, well organized, not too ad-spammy, kept up to date, and the text links are brief and yet descriptive. I also like that unlike so many other directory sites, this one never stole links from my own site - they did their own research and found tons of useful links I never took the time to find. Great resource for death and dying studies courses, too.
One of the very first links I added, back in 1996 when Dark Side of the Net was new. Also the one link I got the most hate-mail for adding, over the years. (Apparently when you warn stupid people by using the words "EXTREMELY DISTURBING!" they don't quite get that means they shouldn't visit the site). Everything gruesome, disturbing and sick is archived here.
3. Dead or Alive Info
A very useful site when you're trying to remember if a particular celebrity is dead or alive, and you're too lazy to Google it, check IMDB or run over to Wikipedia. There's a handy summary of the celebrities who have died in the past few days and what industry they were famous in.
4. The Encyclopedia of Death and Dying
An extremely valuable Internet resource, albeit too chock-full of Google ads. Everything from abortion to the Black Death to rigor mortis and voodoo.
A beautiful photography gallery of New Orleans cemeteries. Pictorials include St. Louis 1, 2 and 3; St. Roch 1 and 2; Metairie; Lafayette I; Cypress Grove; Odd Fellows Rest; Carrollton; St. Vincent and more. There's also a section for virtual views of a few of the cemeteries.
6. Sedlec Ossuary
A fabulous gallery of fairly high-res photographs of the Bone Church in Kutna Hora. Excellent photographs and there are many of them. I hope to visit the Bone Church someday; for now I just have to make do with these excellent photographs.
7. The Association for Gravestone Studies
A serious, scholarly organization, devoted to fostering "appreciation of the cultural significance of gravestones and burial grounds through their study and preservation." Info on upcoming scholarly conferences, publications, and a research library.
8. Victorian Grief
A Livejournal community for sharing memento mori, cemetery pictures, info on Victorian mourning jewelry, and similar topics. Not quite as active as I'd prefer for a "best of" list, but it has potential, and I have a sweet spot for LJ communities.
9. Find A Grave
An extremely valuable website for research on celebrity deaths. One of my oldest links, too. Glad to see it's still going strong. You can also search through non-famous people's grave records - currently 46 million records are searchable.
10. Professional Car.Org
A well maintained resource site for owners of classic hearses, ambulances and related cars. Gallery, events calendar, and active forums.
11. The Bone Church
The official site of the church in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. Not just photographs, it covers the history of the ossuary.
12. Save Our Cemeteries
An organization dedicated to preserving and restoring New Orleans' historic cemeteries.
13. Lizzie Borden Virtual Museum & Library
I used to have quite a collection of serial-killer and murderer links as part of my Cemeteries, Funerals & Death links page, but those links slowly died off. (Har, har). I have a bit of a fascination with Lizzie Borden since one of my friends grew up in her home in the 1980s. Here's a website devoted to research and resources about the infamous murders.