Thankfully, I have found my groove again after the unreleased Harrison interview set me back. I’m struggling with the design of the forthcoming page where we will be able to share memories, but I hope to launch it on Chris’ birthday (the tenth of July) as well as revealing the maṇḍala I drew in April.
During the early stages of writing the book, I have considered the future of support for those of us who have experienced the loss of a friend we only knew online. Although I admit that I may have rushed into it, I found that my experience with traditional bereavement counselling wasn’t all that helpful. The stirring of these experiences caused me to wonder whether I was really doing myself any good by talking about them week after week. However, I have pondered hypothetical ‘cyberloss support groups’ which would meet in Internet cafés and provide a space for people who have shared the experience to come together and discuss, and remember.
I think some form of non-virtual support remains necessary, although the friendship was predominantly virtual, the loss is no less real for that. The establishment of such support groups would legitimise cyberloss as an actual issue, and perhaps begin to break down the barriers around talking about it. Those of us who have had the experience are made to feel as though we should not express it in any way, which cannot be healthy. I’d really appreciate your thoughts on cyberloss support, and what needs to be in place for us to feel as though we are recognised. Please leave a comment or use the Contact form.
Wishing you peace and strength on your journeys,