I recently came across this article and it brought up a very interesting point in regards to the function of social media in the grieving process. I often see memorial pages on facebook, full of kind comments and happy memories of those who have passed, but I was not aware of the possibility of having a “virtual-death industry”. There are even websites that will analyze your previous tweets and continue to tweet for you even after you die!!
The digital age has opened a wide variety of possibilities, including planning your funeral online and/or leaving messages for those whom outlive you. Are these apps and websites now part of the normal grieving process? It’s interesting to see how the internet and new technologies can even effect life after death!