Have Facebook Memorials Replaced Virtual Guestbooks?
Over the past few years, a handful of my personal Facebook friends have passed away and left their accounts in tact. Despite my original assumption that family members would request that Facebook remove them, all of them still remain “active” to this day – and friends and family members use the accounts to post memories, pictures, and even birthday wishes.
At first, I didn’t know what to think of this. Writing on a deceased friend’s wall seemed a bit eerie and I refrained from doing so for quite some time. However, as I got used to the idea, I began to think differently. What is the difference between conveying sympathies to friends or family members via Facebook or via the online guestbooks that many funeral homes are implementing lately? Both methods are digital and allow mourners to see how much their beloved meant to others, except that a Facebook account is likely to draw more visitors due to its convenience and popularity. I recently posted a few memories on a dear friend’s page who had passed away – and I enjoyed reading the other kind words that friends and family had posted as well.
The only problem with Facebook memorials is the account’s privacy – for example, if the profile was set to restrict posts from non-friends, then any new friends or family members who signed up for Facebook after their loved one passed away wouldn’t be able to utilize the memorial.
What do you think about this spurt in using Facebook accounts as memorials for deceased loved ones? Do you feel that Facebook memorials have become more popular than virtual guestbooks? Let us know! Thanks for reading the Quality Logo Products blog.
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