Many things have changed in the digital age, including the way we grieve. From online obituaries to virtual funerals, the way we communicate with each is very different than it was 25 (or even 10) years ago. This is particularly true when it comes to the death of a loved one. While there are many new questions to answer, such as how to use social media appropriately after a death, new technology has provided many helpful resources. Here are a few ways that modern technology can help with grief.
Online Guest Books and Obituaries
Before the internet, people printed obituaries in the newspaper to announce a death. Today, while printed obituaries are still found in most newspapers, online versions are also popular. These virtual obituaries are often more accessible and live permanently on the internet.
Many people also choose to include an online guest book on the obituary page for a loved one. These pages allow a space for family and friends to share fond memories of the deceased and grieve together. Sharing memories online is a beautiful way that technology can help with grief, even across long distances.
When it comes to online obituaries and guest books, it’s important to use proper etiquette. Be sure all close family and friends have been notified of the deceased’s passing before a virtual announcement is made. It can be traumatizing for a person to discover the death of a loved one through social media.
In the face of tragic or unexpected circumstances, many people turn to crowdfunding websites (such as GoFundMe). These sites are a wonderful way technology can help with grief by providing support for a grieving family. With this technology, a family member or friend can easily set up a donation page. On the page, people can give monetary support and provide words of comfort. These sites are particularly helpful to support someone who is grieving the unexpected loss of a partner or child. Many people also use them to assist with funeral costs.
If you choose to set up a crowdfunding page for a grieving loved one, do not set it up without their knowledge. Check that the grieving family or friend is comfortable with the idea before creating (or sharing) any such page on the internet.
Virtual Counseling and Support Groups
While many people lean on their family and friends during periods of grief, it is sometimes necessary to seek professional help. Thanks to modern technology, people can easily meet with a professional counselor over the internet. Simply search for well-reputed counselors in your area and inquire whether he or she provides virtual appointments.
The same is true when seeking support groups. Many groups meet virtually through the internet and can be a helpful resource. The ease with which you can virtually connect with a trusted counselor or friend is a valuable way in which technology can help with grief.
Live Stream Funeral Services
Sometimes, due to circumstances beyond your control, it’s impossible to attend the funeral service for a loved one. Whether you cannot attend due to distance, illness or military service, modern technology has provided a helpful solution: live steam funeral services. These virtual services have become increasingly popular in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. They allow grieving loved ones to “attend” a funeral service via computer or smart phone. People attending virtually can even record messages that are then shared with those attending in-person.
While technology cannot make grief go away, it can be a helpful tool for navigating it. Certain technology can help with grief by making it easier than ever to connect with loved ones and mourn together, lifting the heavy burden of grieving alone.
Bevis Funeral Home is committed to providing an environment that prioritizes the safety and well-being of our families. Live stream technology allows family members and friends to pay their respects and participate in the service from all over the world or across town.
All fees for this live stream service are waived for families that entrust us with the care of their loved one. It is our honor to serve them in this way. No matter the distance between you and your guests, we will help you create a service that meaningfully honors the life of your loved one. Give us a call at (850) 385-2193 to speak to an expert funeral director today.