I hope this impromptu post finds you well. I wanted to add this whilst it’s still in the wider consciousness. The article was posted ten days ago on the Slate.com blog, and the Natural Death Centre brought it to my attention on Twitter. Unlike so many articles on the subject, Waldman’s stance is particularly refreshing, as she at once acknowledges both sides of the ‘argument’ on mourning online.
As more and more people become involved with social media, it is not inconceivable that the majority of our mourning practices could at some point be taking place within the virtual realm. As yet there are no codified rituals for mourning somebody we have only known online, but as people become more au fait with the idea of mourning celebrities online, it is merely a matter of time before cyberlosses are legitimised in the same way.
I’d love to know what you think about the article, so please feel free to leave a comment below this post.
Wishing you peace and strength on your journeys,