From Facebook to blogs to online forums, social media and technology provide ample opportunities for connecting with others. When you’re grieving the death of a loved one, digital platforms can provide comfort and solace to help you cope with an intense loss. At Woodlawn Cemetery, our compassionate staff members know how difficult and complex grief can be for families throughout New York City.
Here are a few key things to know about mourning in the digital age:
Death announcements look very different.
While a telephone call or an in-person visit might have been used to share important news in the past, many people now use digital means to notify others about a loved one’s death. Rather than have many difficult conversations with individuals, someone who is grieving may prefer to send out a mass email announcing a death or even compose a Facebook post about it. Though this may feel impersonal to some, it’s a perfectly acceptable means of communication. If you receive such a message yourself, feel free to reply to the email or leave a comment sharing your condolences.
Social media can provide comfort to those in mourning.
Many people who are grieving find solace in receiving messages on social media sites from family and friends. Social media also presents an easy way to share photos of your loved one with those who knew them. Using Facebook, Instagram, or an online obituary space, you can quickly create a visual legacy for your loved one to share with others.
Livestreaming a service brings people together.
Many families are choosing to livestream their loved one’s service so that faraway friends and family can attend. The Covid pandemic made many of us feel more comfortable with virtually attending events. Livestreaming a service is a great way to ensure those who cannot attend in person can feel like they are a part of the ceremony.
Technology can be problematic.
The digital era has much to offer those who are mourning though there are some potential drawbacks to keep in mind when engaging in technology. Be aware of overusing digital devices as this can lead to screen fatigue, a distracted mindset, or social alienation. Try to limit your time spent online every day and connect with friends and family in person.