June 3, 2012
Technology Changes the Way We Mourn
Technology is changing the way that people mourn and grieve for the dead. Friends or family members can unite on Facebook by sharing their sorrow, or showing their support, even if far away from one another. People can upload videos to YouTube as a tribute to the deceased, or attach "QR code" chips to the back of the tombstone of a deceased.
Using Facebook and similar communities not only helps provide a support community to mourn for ones who have passed, but for some people it also helps to keep a connection alive. Being able to post pictures and videos of loved ones who have passed and then receive comments and support in return can be a very soothing process for some.
Funeral homes are starting to integrate technology into their business strategies, including using high definition screens to showcase video homages, streaming a funeral live, keeping a digital guestbook, and keeping a digital candle "lit" on a memorial page.
More and more people now own smartphones and tablets, and more people are using the internet, indicating that people are becoming increasingly comfortable with digital multimedia. While there are still some who oppose the new role of technology in funeral homes and on social media sites, honoring the dead with technology is just one other way that it is becoming a part of many areas of our lives.
See Laura Petrecca, Mourning Becomes Electric: Tech Changes the Way we Grieve, USA Today, May 31, 2012.
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