Grief is a very complex and personal thing. And while there is no right or wrong way to grieve, I have noticed a trend in grieving, a trend I am dubbing Facebook mourning. (If there is a real name for this, please do let me know!)
I remember being weirded out beyond belief the first time I saw Facebook mourning in action: friends posting condolences on a deceased person’s Facebook wall. I didn’t know the person, but from his public wall, I could see he had been a victim of a car accident. At the time, it seemed bizarre to me that people would write on his wall. What if someone didn’t know what happened yet?! What if his family didn’t want anyone to know yet? How horrible to have this be all over his wall, to have tagged him when he isn’t here anymore?!
Incredulity: that was my initial reaction. Continue reading “Grieiving in the Digital World”