Evolution of grieving online
fully my feelings and memories. Before that, I was clearly using social media to distract and disconnect from what was really going on, at least publicly.
We all grieve in different ways, but grief itself is a great commonality. Increasingly, many of us find ourselves mourning online, reaching out to others for support in tough times using the tools most readily available. But nobody has told us what the best way to share bad news on social media might be. Should there be a mourning period in which we avoid the web’s siren call completely?
In the past few months, I’ve watched friends struggle with family deaths with the help of far-flung online friends who’ve offered advice and support. I’ve also seen people announce deaths on Twitter or Facebook, often setting up memorial pages online as well.
One person, a journalist