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Columnist: Time To Unfriend Death

We recently had an old family friend die, and his relatives chose not to have a funeral. In lieu of a service, they created a fan page on Facebook where people could visit, view pictures of the deceased and leave comments. No more than a couple months ago, one of my friends from high school also, sadly, lost her mother to cancer. As she sat with her mother in the hospital a few hours before her mother passed, my friend was checking Facebook on her phone to see if anyone had posted information and status updates about her mother being close to dying. When did Facebook become the modern-day funeral parlor? I understand Facebook has become something of a staple in our culture in terms of connecting with others and putting our lives on display for the world to see, but I do not believe death is a good fit for Facebook. This “in your face” approach to death and grieving just doesn't seem appropriate for social networking/Carrie Neppel, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More to come.

Question: Do you consider the “in your face” approach to death and grieving suitable for Facebook?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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