When Your Social Media Friends Pass Away

I don’t know about you, but through the years I’ve met a lot of people on the web. We’ve talked on the phone, even skyped, emailed, sent gifts, etc. We’ve gotten to know a lot about each other and, although we’ve never met, we’ve connected in a deep way.

And then when they pass, because we’re not part of their immediate social network in real time, nobody lets us know. Probably, they don’t even know we exist. Yes, I’ve received notices on facebook because I’ve been someone’s friend, but we meet people in places other than social networking sites. It could just be an interest group…

Over the past year, I’ve lost quite a few people that I never met but had a very real tie to. After looking for a year to see if my friend was still alive, I’ve just finally found his obituary. We met through an asthma group in London (on line, of course).

For the past year, I’ve known that he must have passed (he was 87) but didn’t know his relatives or any of his friends. So now, I finally found an obituary. He passed in June last year…

Don’t you think someone just start a website so that we can post obituaries for Internet friends we never met, so that we can pay our respects and say one final thank you for the joy they brought us?