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It’s weird to “like” death

In our EndNotes column today, we answered a question whether it's appropriate to send condolences on Facebook. The answer: It depends. For teens and other big Facebook users, sure. For those in generations who expect a handwritten card, no.

After she proofread my story, newsroom colleague Kimberly pointed out how weird it is on Facebook to click “like” when people share bad news, such as a death in the family. Agreed. Facebook needs a “sorry” button, perhaps.

How do you respond to someone's sad news on Facebook?

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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