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What is TalkDeath?

TalkDeath’s mission is to encourage positive and constructive conversations around death and dying. Although our awareness of the issues and needs surrounding death is growing, it is still not considered appropriate “dinner table talk.” Well, we think it is.

From green burials and home funerals, to history, memento mori art, funeral law, and grief resources, TalkDeath.com is the hub for a changing death-conscious public. TalkDeath also aims to bridge the gap between death professionals and the general public, helping you make informed end-of-life decisions.

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TalkDeath Team

Mandy Benoualid

Founder / Editor
Mandy is the editor of TalkDeath, and co-host of the #TalkDeath webseries. She is also the founder and CEO of the online memorial platform, Qeepr, which is the website that launched TalkDeath.com. Mandy works part time as a Funeral Director’s Assistant, and regularly attends and speaks at Death Cafes as well as funeral and cemetery conferences. She plays music and volunteers on the Board of Directors of the non-profit, Leave Out Violence (L.O.V.E.) in her free time.

Jeremy Cohen

Communications Director / Writer
Jeremy Cohen is the Communications Director and head writer for TalkDeath. He is a full-time PhD candidate in Religious Studies at McMaster University. His academic focus is on digital death and religion. He is researching the increasingly prevalent practice of mourning online, as individuals (in the West) communicate with the dead through social media profiles and online memorials. Jeremy is also co-presenter on the webseries #TalkDeath, where he speaks to death professionals, academics and artists about issues and ethics surrounding death and dying.

Georgia Carter

Staff Writer
Georgia has a BA in Asian Religions from McGill University, and an MA in Religion from Concordia University. Georgia's research focuses on religion, ritual, and identity, as she is interested in the ways different traditions impact how individuals and groups see and understand each other. The ways different cultures think about death and dying play an important role in many of these traditions. Georgia hopes that, by writing about death, she and the Talkdeath team can help create a more open environment for discussing the various and unique ways we think about our own mortality.

Julien Belisle

Tech Guy
Julien is our tech guru and contributes to TalkDeath digital and marketing strategies. Julien has always been passionate about society's digital transformation and the ways we connect with brands and organizations. With over 10 years of experience in digital marketing, Julien has worked with major national brands such as IÖGO, Keurig and PostMedia. Julien is a specialist in Search Engine Optimization, Social Media Management, Web Design, Media Planning and Business Intelligence, and he also has secret passion for design.

Francis Lafreniere

Programmer
Francis is our developer extraordinaire. Working with Qeepr since day one, he helped build the platform from scratch and has been closely involved with its evolution over the past four years. Francis manages our website backend, implements our (often overzealous) web design and makes sure everything is running smoothly.

TalkDeath’s History

Qeepr [kee-per] is an online memorial platform and cemetery wayfinding app that offers free tools to preserve, share and discover life stories of deceased loved ones. Qeepr’s Blog was established in 2014 with the hopes of building a community around Qeepr’s users and the death-positive community. Qeepr Blog eventually outgrew its humble start, and is now TalkDeath (i.e. the website you are currently on. Hi!).

Qeepr is focused on making digital memorialization simple, yet meaningful. We invite you to try out the site by creating a free memorial for a loved one where you can preserve their life story, build their family tree, invite friends to add their personal stories, share photos and remember those who are dearly missed. Oh, and you can also create your own memorial to write out your own obituary, important milestones and assign someone you trust (your Qeepr) to publish it once you die.

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