About TalkDeath

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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Mandy Benoualid

Co-Founder / Editor
Mandy is the co-founder and editor of TalkDeath, and co-host of the #TalkDeath webseries. She is also the founder and President of the online memorial platform, Keeper. Mandy’s work has appeared in national and international publications, she has been a featured presenter at professional funeral and cemetery conferences and was recently featured as an industry innovator by American Funeral Director Magazine. Mandy works part time as a Funeral Director’s Assistant, and plays music in her free time.

Jeremy Cohen

Co-Founder / Editor & Site Designer
Jeremy Cohen is the co-founder and co-editor of TalkDeath. He is a full-time PhD candidate in Religious Studies at McMaster University, exploring the intersections of death, health and technology in contemporary North American society. His research focuses on how personal experiences with death shape the worldview of individuals seeking radical-longevity, as well as the historical and cultural framework of changing North American relationships to death and dead bodies over the past two centuries. Jeremy Cohen’s work is informed by the philosophy of technology as it relates to Western relationships to death, nature and technological progress.

Kristin Gupta

Social Media Manager & Staff Writer
Kristin Gupta is TalkDeath’s Social Media Manager and a Staff Writer. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Rice University, where she thinks a lot about death, queerness, and technology. Her ongoing research explores normative quantifications of life expectancy and shifting notions of what constitutes a full life among American death doulas. Kristin has also trained as a doula and is committed to reimagining what deathcare can be both inside and outside of academia. In her free time, she plays piano and takes too many pictures of her cat.

Rachel Osolen

Staff Writer
Rachel Osolen is a Staff Writer at TalkDeath. She is a seasoned writer with publications in poetry, academia, and short stories. She has a BA in English from Dalhousie University and an MLIS from the University of Alberta where her research focused on Digital Archives and Online Memorials; specifically The Hart Island Project. Her current writing and research focuses on Death Positivity, History, Folklore, and Culture.

Francis Lafreniere

Programmer
Francis is our developer extraordinaire. Working with Keeper and TalkDeath 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

Keeper (formally Qeepr) is an online memorial platform and cemetery wayfinding app that offers free tools to preserve, share and discover life stories of deceased loved ones. Keeper’s Blog was established in 2014 with the hopes of building a community around Keeper’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!).

Keeper 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 Keeper) to publish it once you die.

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