Qeepr.com (pronounced “keeper”), an online memorial and tribute platform, started the #Talkdeath Roundtable Web series to foster death positivity and death awareness, and spark end-of-life conversations.
The next live online #Talkdeath conversation will take place Wednesday, June 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET/noon PT, with guest experts Chris Raymond, editor of About.com’s Dying, Funerals & Grief website, and past editor of The Director funeral trade magazine, and Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and Funeral Celebrant, author and host of A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die.
Qeepr Executive Director Mandy Benoulid said, “In working with Qeepr, it became very obvious that death and dying is still very much a taboo subject in the Western world and the public is uncomfortable discussing something we all are going to have to go through at some point.”
While working directly with the public through their online memorial and tribute platform, as well as with funeral professionals, the folks at Qeepr noticed a real lack of information being relayed to the public about funerary practices. This is partly caused by the fact that the general public can feel uncomfortable speaking with funeral professionals and only do so when they are faced with a loss.
Benoulid explained, “Creating a live, no fluff, non-edited conversation online, a platform where we can all feel comfortable and remain anonymous if we wish, is our approach to having such an important conversation. Whether it is about coming to terms with our own death, coping with the loss of a relative, or pure curiosity about funeral practices, we wanted to provide a platform for the death community and the death profession to speak openly with the public.”
#Talkdeath creates an online space where such discussions are possible. Providing a safe, honest, and open environment for discourse, the #Talkdeath roundtable provides a platform for questions to be answered that one might have been otherwise afraid or uncomfortable to ask.