Today, more than 3.6 billion people use social media to connect with others, learn about what’s happening in the world and just have fun. It’s important to know how to use it properly when it comes to death. While it can help people feel loved and supported when they’re grieving, social media can also be overwhelming. Here are some tips on how to handle social media after a death in the family or if you know someone who has experienced a death in the family.
Using Social Media if You Experienced a Death in the Family
After a death, remember to take it at your own pace. Your friends and family will understand if you need to take a break from social media to grieve. If you need help coping with grief, look at our grief support guide for suggestions.
If you feel up to it, social media can be a great place to share memories. Consider sharing a loved one’s obituary online and ask friends and family members to share their favorite memories. While this might be overwhelming at first, it is a good way to connect with the people you love and focus on the good memories of the person you lost.
It’s also important to remember to take time to handle your loved one’s social media accounts. While all social media platforms handle this process differently, most will take down or memorialize your loved one’s social media account at your request.
Using Social Media if Someone You Know Died
If you know someone who experienced a death in the family, it is first important to be thoughtful in how and what you post or share. Consider what you would want to hear if you were in their shoes. Sharing that you are thinking of them or a memory of their loved one is a good way to help support those grieving. Never post about a death without permission. While it can be difficult, offering your condolences online can help those who are grieving.
It’s important to not limit your response to social media. While this can be difficult, especially now with the pandemic, work to support people who are grieving outside of the digital world.
Finally, be understanding and compassionate to people who are grieving. Remember that it can be an overwhelming time and offer grace and any support you can.
Bevis Funeral Home is here to help you through difficult times. Our grief support resources are always available any time you need them. And if you need to talk to a professional, call us at (850) 385-2193.