Grieving is the process of coping with the death of a loved one. There are some non-traditional methods of grieving that have helped hundreds of people get through when they are hurting over that loss. One of those non-traditional methods is to build a memorial to their loved one on social networking sites such as FaceBook. Grieving in traditional ways is still very important and essential to coming through the death of a loved one in a healthy manner. FaceBook makes the process a little easier to cope with though.
People of all ages have built memorials through FaceBook but creating a group or through the actual profile of the deceased person. That can only be done if you have the password of that person, but it is what some people see as a great way to pay tribute to the person who is gone. It is, in fact, a great way to show that love and come together with people whom you may not get a chance to meet in person. For instance, if your son/daughter had friends that you have never met, you might find comfort in the comments left on his/her profile page on FaceBook.
People will often flock to FaceBook to tell the world how they felt about someone who died. It could be a very short comment or a longer, more detailed comment about the person or about how much that person is missed. This type of grieving helps in a way that no traditional way of grieving can help. It allows people to come together, even when they are many miles apart. You may never know how much someone has touched the life of another person until you see what others have to say about them. You may even find out something about the deceased person that you didn’t know, for instance, that they helped someone through a particularly rough time in their lives. All of these things help to get through the grieving process much easier.
FaceBook should never be used as a main source of comfort to those who are grieving. It should only be used as an added source for the process. It allows you to vent your feelings any time of the day or night. You won’t feel as though you have to wait until someone is awake or fear that you are annoying someone by saying something you feel the need to say about the person who died. Be careful about how much you use this method to cope with your feelings though. You need to connect with live people and not just some names on the computer screen.
Building a memorial for the person you loved on FaceBook is a great way to help deal with the grieving process. It is difficult dealing with this alone. Having other people join you in remembrance of the person who passed is a great idea. It makes you feel as though that person will live on forever even if it is only through the internet. You can easily start a memorial for anyone you wish by starting a group in that person’s name. Send out invitations to all his/her friends and family members and you will certainly see it grow much faster than you expected it to. Take the time to gather with people in real life as well so you have a chance to grieve in real time. On the memorial, you can share photos, videos and even notes (stories) about the loved one that you have lost. You will get more support than you could ever have imagined before. The face of grieving has changed drastically, just as all other things have, because of the internet and social networking. It is just one of the many ways in which people can share, cry and laugh together about a person they loved who is no longer with them.