Millennials in mourning

Does Social Media Hurt or Help Families in Grief?

Teardrop flowers in Costa Rica

Teardrop flowers in Costa Rica

Hello from Costa Rica!  The New York Times published a fascinating article on how social media is changing the way Millennials respond to grief.  Text message condolences, announcements of deaths on Facebook, funeral pages to express feelings, the author demonstrated in “A Generation Redefines Mourning” that this first generation of “digital natives” are bringing their ease with social media to America’s ill-at-ease culture around death.

 

What intrigued me most were the comments to the author’s observations.  Persons of all ages, not just Millennials gave examples of how they found on-line expressions useful or comforting, or very troubling.

 

Please click on the article below and I’d love to hear your own experiences and thoughts on this changing landscape of grief expression.

 

 

http://nyti.ms/1h3e5lC

 

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For everyone, life sometimes brings shipwreck moments.

Ours happened when four friends woke us one beautiful May dawn to break the news that our 25-year-old married daughter Krista had died 7000 miles away while volunteering in Bolivia. Our hearts shattered, much like the shards of her bus that plunged over a mountain cliff.
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