I would have put this in the earlier post, but I thought it better as a separate post. I had an interesting discussion today with a specialist at my local hospital about the subject of this blog. After a mildly amusing misunderstanding (I know online loss in the world of social networking is becoming more prevalent, but need it really be maximally defined as ‘being unfriended on Facebook’?) the conversation took an enlightening turn. I must admit that I was surprised by the level of perception demonstrated once the distinction had been made. Many of the particular pitfalls of online loss seemed to be instantly familiar to her.
The specialist mentioned an interesting article which I hope to track down and blog about here in the future, which discusses how the funeral is, for grieving persons, an opportunity to build a new shared reality around the person who has died. I am interested in reading this article and investigating how it could be applied in a wider sense to the particular difficulties of cyberloss and the absence of funerary ritual.
I recognise that I have gone some small way towards rectifying this in earlier posts, but much remains to be written on the subject. I look forward to being able to share my findings with you and hopefully giving you another way in which you can commemorate your friend(s) and celebrate the impact that online friendship has had on your life.
Wishing you peace and strength as always on your journeys,