the Author of a monumental work on The Death and the West, 1300 to the present day (Gallimard, 1983), Michel Vovelle was not a historian of peaceful moments. Him, who spent many years tracking down the collective representations of death, knew what was a life. After the death in 1969 of his first wife, Gaby, he lost in 2008 his second wife, Monique, with whom he had two daughters, Sylvie and Claire.

a keen observer of our contemporary society of aging and the fear of death is installed, the historian participated in the current which gave birth to palliative care for the last moments of the life of the patient in order to give them back their dignity and to avoid aggressive treatment. In this capacity, he was first auditioned by the commission chaired by Jean Leonetti, whose report led to the act relating to patients ‘ rights and end of life of April 22, 2005.

Faithful to the French communist Party

In a shortcut acrobatic, he knew in a few sentences trace the evolution of the issues of the last moments of life in the course of history. It was back then for companies to be very old to where ” the good death is said to be solidarity-based, without dramatization and as a natural passage “. This ” good death “, he had been waiting, patiently, to him that since he had retired in 1993, grew gardens, and ” all ” its gardens, as he liked to say.

Michel Vovelle died Saturday, October 6th in Aix-en-Provence, at the age of 85 years. Born in Gallardon (Eure-et-Loir) on February 6, 1933, he entered in 1953 at the Ecole normale supérieure of Saint-Cloud. In 1956, he became a member of the French communist Party (PCF) when so many others are leaving in the wake of the revelations of the report to Khrushchev on the crimes of stalinism. Even in the event of the war of Algeria, he will tell you have experienced “loneliness on the other side,” it will remain…