QUEBEC — A Quebec businessman believes he is dead-on with his new project — an obituary channel.

The country's first television channel dedicated to funerals and mourning could start broadcasting as early as this summer, after the CRTC granted a broadcasting licence for a regional Quebec cable channel called Je me souviens.

The French-language station would broadcast obituaries, notices of hospitalization and messages of thanks and prayers.

"Some 55,000 people die each year in Quebec. But you can't reduce their life to a tiny death notice in the newspapers that says very little about them," said Gerald Dominique, who is behind the project. "I think we owe it to them to talk a bit more about what they have done during their life, what they've accomplished."

If all goes well, Dominique says he will launch a similar English language channel for the rest of the country, called Remember the name.

Dominique, who works as a web designer and consultant, noted the idea of putting obituaries on television came after he attended several funerals over the years that left him longing for more. With his channel, Dominique wants to give family and friends an opportunity to broadcast more information about their deceased loved ones — for an undisclosed amount of money.

The idea of televised obituaries, however, is not entirely new.

In some communities, death notices are broadcast on a local channel or on the radio.
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Can you imagine if we had something like this for all of the soldiers in Iraq who died. The war would be over in a matter of months.