Announcing the passing of a loved one is a difficult situation for many people. The question of how to disseminate this sensitive information while respecting the dignity of the deceased is a delicate subject, and it’s one that is made more complicated in the age of social media. Platforms like Facebook are rethinking how to engage with one’s contacts to inform and celebrate the memory of a loved one — while also providing a place to announce funeral arrangements and other end-of-life services.
Announcing a Death Via Social Media
The decision on how to share this kind of information is a personal one. While many favor traditional methods, social media has created a forum that is easy for friends and family to access that can be both informative and allow for the memorialization of the deceased.
Specifically, Facebook has created a “legacy contact” feature to allow loved ones to access the profile page of the deceased. This allows a designated friend or family member to create a memorial post that can be pinned to the top of the deceased’s timeline. This post can be informative, letting a person’s list of Facebook friends know that they have passed and can provide relevant information on end-of-life services. It also can be used to celebrate the life of those who have died and impart a special remembrance of how they lived.
Considerations on the Passing of a Loved One
The legacy contact feature may not be for everyone. For example, those without a social media account or people who are more private are probably not ideal candidates. However, for those with a social media presence, it can help reach loved ones quickly and easily. When talking as a family about the preplanning funeral process, discuss whether or not social media is a forum your loved one wants to use to announce their passing. During this process, you can even pick out photos to use and discuss the theme of what the post should contain.
Announcing a passing and planning funeral services are deeply personal processes. That’s why the team at Vitt, Stermer & Anderson Funeral Home in Cincinnati, OH, wish to help those in mourning with all their funeral and memorial service needs. From announcing the death all the way through taking care of burial or cremation services, their team will guide you through your options and design a plan that is right for you and your loved one. For more information on their offerings, call them at (513) 939-2273 or visit them online.