death·studies·scholar [děth·stŭd’ēz skŏl'ǝr] n. — specialist devoted to the investigation of mortuary customs, practices, and beliefs.


Selected Media

Selected Interviews

Science Friday

What happens to your social media accounts when you die? Dr. Cann explores the complicated issues surrounding the online personal data of the deceased.

National Geographic

​From diamonds to trees, Dr. Cann discusses how new options for preserving a loved one's remains carry on an ancient tradition of mourning.


In this article, Dr. Cann offers her expertise in the subjects of death and dying to explain the benefits of having a death doula and offers commentary on the effectiveness of Latin American customs for the process of bereavement.  

The Food Chain, BBC

In the latter half of this study on food and death, Dr. Cann describes a number of traditions across cultures that reflect a continuing relationship with the dead.

Science Friday

Dr. Cann chats about how social media and other digital platforms are helping people memorialize the dead.

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Selected Articles

The different countries that death and dying researchers reside within often shape not only research agendas but also research methodologies. 

Mothers and Spirits examines the intersection of women, alcohol, and death through a comparative analysis. 

This article is an initial review of the everyday death and bereavement practices of the United States Latina/o community, and serves as an initial corrective to the traditional studies of American death from a largely Anglo and Protestant perspective.

Huffington Post

Halloween is just around the corner, and lots of zombies and vampires will be trick-or-treating this year. In fact, companies like Spirit Halloween are seeing more orders for zombie and vampire costumes than ever before...

Huffington Post

This year the newspapers are full of the news that Thanksgiving is dead — and it is dead in ways both good and bad. The holiday that Thanksgiving used to represent has come under criticism...

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Podcasts and Webinars

Interview with Candi Cann on her book "Dying to Eat"

New Books Network

BBC World Service: Exploring Digital Death

BBC World Service

Digital Planet explores digital death and how the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to update our death rituals and move most of our grieving online.

SAP Purpose Network Live

In this digital conversation, Dr. Cann speaks about grieving in today's unusual context. She discusses collective grieving, modern grief theory, grief's intersection with the workplace, and how we can respond to grief in ourselves and with each other.


Dr. Candi Cann joins cremation diamond company Eterneva to talk about the collective and anticipatory grief we are all feeling, and how we can use a moment like the pandemic to better understand our ancestors.

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Frank Wojciechowski

 Candi received her Ph.D. and A.M. from Harvard University following an M.A. from the University of Hawaii. She currently serves as an Associate Professor and Faculty of Residence at Baylor University. Her research focuses on death and dying, and the impact of remembering (and forgetting) in shaping how lives are recalled, remembered, and celebrated. Currently, she is researching diversity in death, examining the whitening of the funeral industry and death studies, and arguing that the field of death and grief has been heavily influenced by white and Protestant worldviews. When she is not examining issues surrounding death, she focuses on living well, and is an avid reader, sometimes surfer, and coffee drinker.


Speeches and Public Lectures

As a scholar and public intellectual, Dr. Candi Cann regularly delivers keynote addresses and public lectures across the nation. From community centers to universities and academic societies, her dynamic presentations educate the public and inspire cross-cultural engagement with regards to death and grief. Dr. Cann speaks on a variety of topics, interweaving historical context with modern social and cultural relevance. In addition to speaking on the topics of her many books, Dr. Cann has spoken on comparative and world religions, bereavement and grief, modern burial customs, afterlife beliefs, and modern practices for remembering the departed.

Dr Cann offers:


Keynote Addresses for conferences, conventions, and colleges seeking to have an internationally recognized scholar speak on the latest research on bereavement and mortuary beliefs, customs, and rituals.

Workshops for working professions seeking training on how to incorporate a respect and appreciation for the world's grieving rituals into their profession.

Community Lectures for public audiences who want to learn more about how the reflections on human mortality in the world's cultures shape self-understanding and identity construction.

For more information on how to schedule Dr. Cann to speak at your event, inquire here.

Past Speeches

Invited Plenary for Centre for Death and Society’s "The Politics of Death" June 2018

Canyon Ranch

University of Florida, Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere

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