How the internet is transforming death


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Have you ever got a notification or a reminder from a friend who has died? The social profiles of people who have left us are still there and they look no different than that of a friend who you have not reached out to in a long time.

A fortnight ago, a friend sent me a light-hearted reminder that it was her birthday in a few days. She does this every year.

The problem is that she died a couple of years ago, and I simply cannot bear to block her (and her digital messages) from my account. I wouldn’t want to either: her satirical messages still make me smile. Like millions of other people, her continued digital life serves as a reminder of her unique identity. Her messages from the grave are a profound example of a contemporary revolution in dying and death.

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Joanna Bourke — Prospect

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Our Strange, Unsettled History of Mourning


When Yaksha asked Yudhishthira,”What is the greatest wonder?” Yudhishthira replied,”Day after day countless people die. Yet the living wish to live forever. O Lord, what can be a greater wonder?”

Today’s needull talks about different mourning customs from across the world.

“But otherwise it’s as though death has settled on him like a sheet, the contours of his personality smoothed over by the fact that he died. I don’t know if this is what people mean when they talk about accepting grief; I hope it goes away.”

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The New Yorker — Andrea DenHoed