8.4 Grief & Social Media

Man wearing dress shirt covering his face.
Man covering his face.

In the 21st century, social media has not only become a key component in the everyday lives of many people, it also has therapeutic benefits for people who are grieving (Kakar & Oberoi, 2016). It provides a forum for the grieving person to post photos, comments, and memorials to express their respect and love for the deceased (Kakar & Oberoi, 2016). Social media also serves as a useful tool in disseminating information regarding funeral arrangements (Hiss, 2021). Despite the benefits social media may provide, there are things that should be avoided. These include: posting comments such as “they’re in a better place,” especially if those posting are not familiar with the bereaved person/family’s beliefs (Hiss, 2021); asking the bereaved invasive, personal questions; and sharing information about the deceased in an online platform. It is the deceased person’s closest family members who should be deciding when, what, and how they want to post about their loved one (Hiss, 2021).

Click the links below to learn more about grief and social media:

11 Etiquette Rules You Need for Dealing with Death on Social Media

Mourning with Social Media: Rewiring Grief



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