Many view social media as negative when it comes to sharing personal feelings on sites like Facebook. While we agree that airing your ‘dirty laundry’ shouldn’t be done on such a public forum, seeking help and support in times of turmoil is a different matter.
Connection with family and friends is paramount, and social media in this new digital age is filling this need. It allows an opportunity to let others know that someone has died, and this, in turn, is the catalyst for support with the response being genuine and heartfelt. Social media allows a ‘safe’ buffer for those mourning a loss that is close to them. It’s a more comfortable way to grieve publicly, rather than the real-life painful interactions with others some fear to experience. They can moderate contact with others, and although the expressions of empathy in return are at arm’s length, it doesn’t mean they’re any less meaningful.
Death which has been deemed a taboo subject in day-to-day life is increasingly being considered appropriate on social media. However, the subject remains sensitive and delicate. What one person may feel is highly constructive, others including family may see it very differently. Poor taste or offensive content is unnecessary and can be hurtful, especially to grieving family members. So, remember to be respectful with your posts and consider the family who may come across it before hitting ‘post’.