My co-worker and I were discussing this yesterday and she mentioned that this would be an interesting blog post to get people’s feedback on.
People die everyday. This statement isn’t new information. When they die though, their social media accounts are still available online? People constantly write on their page when it first happens and people share the “good time” stories they’ve had with that person.
But when is enough enough? Is there a certain point where the family should request that the pages come down? Is it a week, a month, a year, ten years? We’ve reached a point where Facebook and other social media outlets will have tons of people who are no longer with us on their network still. I realize that it is a form of closure but I think there comes a point where you need to move on.
I still see people posting on someones wall who died almost a decade ago. I feel at that point it may be almost the opposite of closure because they can’t move on. They keep looking at pictures, keeping them alive in their mind and so on.
On the other hand though, I understand that people want to be able to look back once in a while and see the great things that friends and family had written about the deceased. I just wonder where we draw the line? Should the friends/family just start a Facebook group so that people can choose whether or not to be notified when someone wants to contact them. It does show up in people’s feeds and some people may not want to be notified after a certain point where as others want to keep the discussion going. When is enough, enough?