Facebook at your Funeral?

I don’t have a crystal ball reading on the future of social media, but I do see a tremendous benefit to a platform like Facebook in preserving each of our own personal histories. These personal histories can be invaluable to families and friends as we celebrate the passing of our loved ones in the future.

Facebook is still less than 10 years old; it offers us all an easy-to-use “journal” of ones thoughts, travels and life events. If you are a regular user of the platform, just imagine the “story” that 20, 30 or 40 years of entries could tell about you or someone you care about and could be passed on to future generations.

When you start thinking about it this way it’s easy to imagine a computer monitor at a funeral offering loved ones the opportunity to review and reflect on someone’s life through their Facebook entries, or perhaps a service that could summarize the entries into a biography.

I found some interesting articles with a different take on how social media can enable a person’s memory to continue on even in their death.

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  • We need to remember to always respect the wishes of the deceased. It will be interesting to see what someone’s will, will say in the future. If there will be specific instructions to delete their social media profiles or url’s. Very interesting topic indeed.

  • I’m not convinced that Facebook will see significant usage at funerals anytime soon. I think a large number of people, especially, older, traditional folks will see Facebook as a tacky and disrespectful addition to the mourning process – the formal mourning process anyway.

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