Social Media: Changing the Way We Handle Death

Death and Social MediaSan Francisco resident Sarah Buhr’s friend Tiffany passed away a couple of months ago but Buhr still hears from her on Facebook. Tiffany’s Likes, and other people’s comments on Tiffany’s profile, push her information onto Buhr’s newsfeed, offering a frequent reminder that her friend is gone. Buhr says she felt she had to unfriend Tiffany because it was too difficult to be reminded of the loss nearly everyday. Jeff Lutz has a similar story. His beloved grandfather’s wife, Laurel Lutz, passed away in 2011. Her side of the family must have continued to operate Laurel’s Facebook page because Lutz said he continued to see updates and Likes. “In the first week after Laurel passed, a note went on her Facebook wall thanking her family via various inside jokes and drinking references,” he says.

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Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).

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