Know your funeral etiquette for social media and online interactions

We live in a hyper-connected time. The internet age developed fairly quickly from a human history perspective, and some of us may feel a bit behind the times when it comes to what is appropriate. Here are some tips for using social media and other online tools while organizing a funeral and grieving. 

  1.  Announcement of death: If you are the next of kin, you may choose to announce the death via social media outlets in order to reach as many people as possible. However, it is a good idea to contact close family and friends in person before posting messages online. 

  2.  Live stream of funeral service: Many funeral homes offer a simulcast of funeral services for those who live far away or cannot attend services. An online memorial site allows far-flung friends and family to post messages: Some memorial sites and obituary providers function as a virtual guest book for the funeral service. A quick google search for ‘online memorials’ reveals many services like NeverGone and imorial if your funeral home doesn’t offer this service.

  3. Online grief support communities: Online communities can be a source of great comfort for the grieving. What’s Your Grief is a blog and support community that is recommended by several members of the Stardust Memorials staff. 

 More on this topic? Good Questions & Practices: Social Media After Death