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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, May 28, 2012

Social Media As an Outlet for Grief

ImagesMy Final Image is another program that handles digital estate planning. The program allows clients to outline final wishes for email or social media accounts. Dustin Hall, chief operating officer of the company that launched this program, also suggests that people talk to their lawyers about their online presence after death and put those wishes in their will too.

On the other side of things, when looking at a social media profile that survives a friend or loved one, there are certain ways that are better than others for you to express sympathy online. Some things to avoid include: platitudes and cliché phrases and trying to prove your relationship with the deceased is more important than fellow grievers.

Social Media is now a whole new outlet for grieving friends and family. It helps people express their feelings, allows access for people who are all over the world to give their condolences, is available 24 hours a day, and online memorials help survivors to create a living document of the life of their loved one. People can unite over their shared grief, which can often be an effective grief management tool.

See Keying in Grief: Social Media Changes How We Mourn, Lancaster Eagle Gazette, May 27, 2012.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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