Recent mass death incidents in Japan and Haiti have again focused attention on the challenge of dealing with large numbers of dead. Focusing on mass death incidents involving large numbers of Canadian victims, including the Titanic, Halifax explosion, Air India bombing and the 2004 Tsunami, the paper researches incidents dating back to the beginning of the 20th Century. By examining each stage of the process including initial response, identification, funerals, communication, religious services and inquests, the paper identifies key changes in the way that mass death incidents are handled. For example, the research identifies greater professionalization and state control of mass death incidents, increased reliance on experts and technology and increased emphasis on accurate identification, through forensics, and causes, through inquests and inquiries.

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Stoney, C, Scanlon, J. (Joseph), Kramar, K. (Kirsten), Peckmann, T. (Tanya), Brown, I. (Ian), Cormier, C.L. (Cynthia Lynn), & van Haastert, C. (Coen). (2011). Steadily Increasing Control: The Professionalization of Mass Death. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 19(2), 66–74. doi:10.1111/j.1468-5973.2011.00635.x