The news was communicated via an email with a subject line that foretold its contents. However, there was something different about this message:
It included a link to a facebook group.
While I was initially surprised, I quickly learned there are many benefits to using facebook to handle the passing of a loved one.
- It is a convenient place to centralize, update and control information about the deceased, the family members, the wake and obituary publication details.
- Family and friends can share their grief, blessings, memories and support by commenting and posting, privately or publicly.
- You can post photos of the deceased, as convenient.
- Services/wakes can be created as events: family members get a sense who’s coming without showing the guest list, addresses are hyperlinked to maps.
- Donation links can go directly to charitable organizations.
- Even if one doesn’t have a facebook profile, one can view the group details.
Facebook’s just gone up a notch in my books.
My deepest sympathy, DA. Sending you positive energy, from my heart.